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Richard Crook

Emeritus Fellow

Professor Richard Crook holds a PhD from London University (LSE) and is the coauthor of Democracy and Decentralisation in South Asia and West Africa (1998) and The law, legal institutions and the protection of land rights in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire (2007).

He previously taught at the University of Birmingham (Centre of West African Studies), Glasgow University and was the Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London). His areas of specialisation include: governance and administration (particularly decentralisation); state-civil society relations, public service reform and access to justice and land rights particularly in West Africa and South Asia.

Richard Crook’s recent work

Journal Article

Working with the Grain? Rethinking African Governance


At the heart of current policy thinking about Africa there is a significant knowledge gap concerning governance and development. This IDS Bulletin is concerned with what can be done about that, drawing on the initial experience of a new research venture, the Africa Power and Politics Programme...

2 February 2011