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ISF Globalization and Development: Recommended Readings

This guide is designed to help students in the Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Scholarly monographs in globalization and development

Acemoglu, Daron and James Robinson 2012. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty. 

Banerjee, Abhijit, and Esther Duflo. 2012. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty.

Cardoso, Fernando Enrique and Enzo Faletto. 1979. Dependency and Development in Latin America

Centeno, Miguel A., and Joseph N. Cohen. 2010. Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective

Chang, Ha-Joon. 2008. Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism

Cooter, Robert D., and Hans-Bernd Schäfer. 2012. Solomon’s Knot: How Law Can End the Poverty of Nations

Escobar, Arturo. 1995. Encountering Development: the Making and Unmaking of the Third World

Evans, Peter. 1995. Embedded Autonomy. States and Industrial Transformation

Goldin, Ian, and Kenneth A. Reinert. 2012. Globalization for Development

Hart, Gillian. 2002. Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Hopkins, A. G., ed. 2002. Globalization in World History

Li, Tania Murray. 2014. Land’s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier.

Lin, Justin Yifu. 2012. The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Economies Can Take Off

Ong, Aihwa. 2006. Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship and Sovereignty

Polanyi, Karl. 1944. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time.  

Reinert, Erik S. 2008. How Rich Countries Got Rich . . . and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor

Rodrik, Dani. 2011. The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy

Rostow, Walt W. 1960. The Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-Communist Manifesto

Seavoy, Ronald E. 2003. Origins and Growth of the Global Economy: From the Fifteenth Century Onward

Sen, Amartya. 2000. Development as Freedom.

Shrivastava, Aseem, and Ashish Kothari. 2014. Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India

Steger, Manfred B., Paul Battersby, and Joseph M. Siracusa, eds. 2014. The SAGE Handbook of Globalization

Stiglitz, Joseph. 2002. Globalization and Its Discontents

Wallerstein, Immanuel. 2011. The Modern World-System

Activism Readings

The following is a select bibliography of books that address international financial institutions (IFIs) and development aid. The UC Berkeley libraries have many similar titles. Use the Oskicat or Melvyl catalogs to do subject searches on topics like "globalization economic aspects," or by the name of the financial institution.

Adams, Patricia. Odious Debts: Loose Lending, Corruption and the Third World's Environmental Legacy. London, Earthscan, 1991.

Cavanagh, John, and Mander, Jerry (eds.). Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is PossibleSan Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler, 2004.

Ariel Buira (ed.)Challenges to the World Bank and IMF: Developing Country Perspectives. London: Anthem Press, 2003.

Bateman, Milford (ed). Confronting microfinance : undermining sustainable development. Sterling, VA : Kumarian Press, 2011.

Carroll, Toby. Delusions of development: the World Bank and the post-Washington consensus in Southeast Asia.  New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Cavanaugh, John, Daphne Wysham and Marcos Arruda (eds).  Beyond Bretton Woods: Alternatives to the Global Economic Order. London: Pluto Press, 1994.

Danaher, Kevin (ed.). Fifty Years Is Enough: The Case Against the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Boston: South End Press, 1994.

Danaher, Kevin. 10 reasons to abolish the IMF & World Bank, foreword by Anuradha Mittal.  New York: Seven Stories Press, 2004.

Darrow, MacBetween Light and Shadow: The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and International Human Rights LawPortland, Ore., Hart Publishing, 2003.

Drake, Deborah and Rhyne, Elisabeth (eds).  The commercialization of microfinance : balancing business and development. Bloomfield, CT : Kumarian Press, 2002.

Gould, Erica R. Money talks: the International Monetary Fund, conditionality, and supplementary financiers.  Stanford, Calif. :  Stanford University Press, 2006.

Hancock, Graham.  Lords of poverty: the free-wheeling lifestyles, power, prestige and corruption of the multi-billion dollar aid business. London : Macmillan London, 1989.

Karim, Labia.  Microfinance and its discontents : women in debt in Bangladesh. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Karunaratne, Garvin. How the IMF ruined Sri Lanka & alternative programmes of success. Colombo : Godage International Publishers, 2006.

Peet, Richard.  Unholy trinity: the IMF, World Bank and WTO. 2nd ed.  London.  New York : Zed Books , 2009.

Pincus, Jonathon and Winters, Jeffrey A. Reinventing the World Bank. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2002.

Rowden, Rick. The deadly ideas of neoliberalism: how the IMF has undermined public health and the fight against AIDS.  London ; New York : Zed Books, 2009.

Sinclair, Hugh.  Confessions of a microfinance heretic : how microlending lost its way and betrayed the poor. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012.

Stiglitz, Joseph. Globalization and its Discontents. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.

Toussaint, Eric. Bank of the south: an alternate to IMF-World Bank. Mumbai : Vikas Adhyayan Kendra, 2007.

Vines, David and Christopher Gilbert. The IMF and its Critics: Reform of the Global Financial Architecture. Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Weaver, Catherine. Hypocrisy trap: the World Bank and the poverty of reform. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008.

Journals in the field

Poverty & Development Journals

The following is a selection of highly cited journals in the fields of poverty and development.  If looking for articles to support your research try a combined keyword and journal title(s) search in one of the databases listed above. The following entries link directly to the ejournal if all content is online, and to Oskicat if some issues are print only or on multiple platforms.

World Development. Examines solutions to poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, disease, lack of shelter, environmental degradation, debt, gender, ethnic discrimination, civil conflict, and lack of participation in economic and political life.

The Lancet.  One of the world's best known general medical journals, publishing original research,  editorials, book reviews, correspondence,  and news on all aspects of human health, Includes social, economic and political commentary on public health issues, poverty, development, and epidemics.

Journal of Development Studies.  Oldest journal in the field of development studies, publishing interdisciplinary articles on development relating to economics, politics, public policy, and practice. 

Oxford Development Studies.  Provides a forum for critical analysis of conventional theories and policy issues in all aspects of development, including economics, history, politics, anthropology, and sociology. 

Development Policy Review. Covers poverty-reduction strategies, inequality and social exclusion, property rights, sustainable livelihoods, globalisation in trade and finance, and the reform of global governance. Edited by the Overseas Development Institute.

Studies in Comparative International Development.  Addresses political, social, economic, and environmental change, including political institutions, economic growth and income distribution, and the transformation of social structure and culture.

Development and Change.  Interdisciplinary journal known for publishing unconventional analyses in the field of development studies and social change, covering a range of topics from all persuasions concerned with development. 

Journal of International Development.  Research on development issues in economics, politics, international relations, sociology, anthropology, and development studies, focusing on transitional and underdeveloped areas. 

Development.   "Provides dialogue between activists and intellectuals committed to the search for alternative paths of social transformation towards a more sustainable and just world."  From the Society for International Development. 

Third World Quarterly. Examines emerging issues affecting the developing world beyond strict “development studies,” providing analysis of grassroot efforts of development practitioners and planners across Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East.

Some other journals in the field.

Sustainable Development.
European Journal of Development Research.  
Public Administration and Development.
Development in Practice.
Journal of Peasant Studies.
Progress in Development Studies.
African Development Review.
Gender and Development.
Enterprise Development and Microfinance.
Canadian Journal of Development Studies.
IDS Bulletin.

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