David Booth is a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute. Prior to this, he was a university academic at Hull and Swansea, latterly as Professor of Development Studies. He has been editor of the journal Development Policy Review (2000-09) and Director of the Africa Power and Politics Programme (2007-12). He now coordinates a joint project on Developmental Regimes in Africa while also contributing to training courses in applied political economy analysis for development agencies worldwide. David’s publications include Rethinking Social Development (1994), Fighting Poverty in Africa: Are PRSPs Making a Difference? (2003), Good Governance, Aid Modalities and Poverty Reduction (2008), Working with the Grain? Rethinking African Governance (2011) and Development as a Collective Action Problem (2012). He has authored numerous journal articles, ODI papers and blogs in related fields.
Books by David Booth
Solving Collective Action Problems
Drawing on in-depth empirical research spanning a number of countries in Africa, Booth and McCormick’s path-breaking book offers both an accessible overview of issues surrounding governance for development on the continent, whilst also offering a bold new alternative. In doing so, they controversially argue that externally imposed ‘good governance’ approaches make unrealistic assumptions about the choices leaders and officials are, in practice, able to make. As a result,… (more information)