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Routledge Explorations in Development Studies


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The series features innovative and original research at the regional and global scale. Its scope extends to scholarly works that take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach.

In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.

The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from junior authors. To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd (Helena.Hurd@tandf.co.uk).

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The Power of Civil Society in the Middle East and North Africa: Peace-building, Change, and Development

The Power of Civil Society in the Middle East and North Africa: Peace-building, Change, and Development

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Ibrahim Natil, Chiara Pierobon, Lilian Tauber
June 13, 2019

This book investigates the power of civil society in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), in the context of the post-Arab Spring era, as well as more long-standing challenges and constraints in the region. In recent years, local civil society actors have faced significant challenges from social...

Chinese Hydropower Development in Africa and Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Global Dam-Building

Chinese Hydropower Development in Africa and Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Global Dam-Building

1st Edition

Giuseppina Siciliano, Frauke Urban
April 15, 2019

In recent years, both Chinese overseas investment and hydropower development have been topics of increasing interest and research, with Chinese actors acting as financiers, developers, builders and sub-contractors. Chinese Hydropower Development in Africa and Asia explores the governance and...

New Donors on the Postcolonial Crossroads: Eastern Europe and Western Aid

New Donors on the Postcolonial Crossroads: Eastern Europe and Western Aid

1st Edition

Tomáš Profant
March 14, 2019

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Eastern European countries were said to be playing catch up with the West, and in the field of development cooperation, they were classified as 'new donors.' This book aims to problematize this distinction between old and new development donors, applying an...

Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development: Rethinking Opportunities and Agency from a Human Development Perspective

Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development: Rethinking Opportunities and Agency from a Human Development Perspective

1st Edition

Aurora Lopez-Fogues, Firdevs Melis Cin
March 05, 2019

Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development investigates to what extent young people have access to fair opportunities, the factors influencing their aspirations, and how able they are to pursue these aspirations and to carry out their life plans. The book positions itself in the...

United States Assistance Policy in Africa: Exceptional Power

United States Assistance Policy in Africa: Exceptional Power

1st Edition

Shai A. Divon, Bill Derman
January 17, 2019

From the end of WWII to the end of the Obama administration, development assistance in Africa has been viewed as an essential instrument of US foreign policy. Although many would characterise it as a form of aid aimed at enhancing the lives of those in the developing world, it can also be viewed as...

Valuing Development, Environment and Conservation: Creating Values that Matter

Valuing Development, Environment and Conservation: Creating Values that Matter

1st Edition

Sarah Bracking, Aurora Fredriksen, Sian Sullivan, Philip Woodhouse
November 07, 2018

Policy-makers are increasingly trying to assign economic values to areas such as ecologies, the atmosphere, even human lives. These new values, assigned to areas previously considered outside of economic systems, often act to qualify, alter or replace former non-pecuniary values. Valuing...

Engendering Transformative Change in International Development

Engendering Transformative Change in International Development

1st Edition

Gillian Fletcher
September 19, 2018

The Sustainable Development Goals were launched in 2015 with grand ambitions for ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all, with ‘no one left behind’. However, these goals will be impossible to achieve without addressing inequity, inequality, marginalisation, and...

Information Communication Technology and Poverty Alleviation: Promoting Good Governance in the Developing World

Information Communication Technology and Poverty Alleviation: Promoting Good Governance in the Developing World

1st Edition

Jack J. Barry
August 02, 2018

Despite global economic disparities, recent years have seen rapid technological changes in developing countries, as it is now common to see people across all levels of society with smartphones in their hands and computers in their homes. However, does access to Information Communication...

Learning and Forgetting in Development NGOs: Insights from Organisational Theory

Learning and Forgetting in Development NGOs: Insights from Organisational Theory

1st Edition

Tiina Kontinen
June 28, 2018

Learning and Forgetting in Development NGOs draws on a range of theoretical approaches and empirical evidence to explore how development organisations learn or fail to learn from experience. Despite the overwhelming discourses of NGOs as learning organisations, little is known about the phenomenon...

Gender, Power and Knowledge for Development

Gender, Power and Knowledge for Development

1st Edition

Lata Narayanaswamy
June 20, 2018

Knowledge-for-development is under-theorised and under-researched within development studies, but as a set of policy objectives it is thriving within development practice. Donors and other agencies are striving to improve the flow of information within and between decision-makers and so-called ‘...

Aid and Technical Cooperation as a Foreign Policy Tool for Emerging Donors: The Case of Brazil

Aid and Technical Cooperation as a Foreign Policy Tool for Emerging Donors: The Case of Brazil

1st Edition

Déborah Barros Leal Farias
June 14, 2018

The question of why countries give aid and assistance to other countries has long been a topic of debate- is it altruism, or selfishness? The assumption is sometimes made that donors from developing countries might be more motivated by altruism than ‘traditional’ western donors. This book...

Democratic Rural Organizations: Thresholds for Evolution in Africa and Asia

Democratic Rural Organizations: Thresholds for Evolution in Africa and Asia

1st Edition

Esbern Friis-Hansen, Janki Andharia, Suubi Godfrey
December 27, 2017

Democratic rural organizations can play an important role in helping their members, who are frequently poor farmers living in the margins of the economy, to escape their disadvantaged starting point and to gain access to financial services, political influence and profitable markets for their...

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