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A Radical History of Development Studies: Individuals, Institutions and Ideologies.
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A Radical History of Development(2005) edited by Uma Kothari

This edited collection assembles what are otherwise often scattered and implicit contributions to thinking on the history of Development Studies as a subject. The authors reflect on their own experiences in the sector and examine the evolution of both the roles of institutions and development discourse. In doing so, this book presents a more nuanced and contested evolution and serves to highlight the contributions made by thinking, which although part of its day, is seldom part of orthodox recollection.

For anyone new to the subject this historical perspective provides an essential introduction to its origins, which constitutes the backdrop to fuller understanding of contemporary changes and trends in both the theory and practice of development.

Participation: The New Tyranny?
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Participation: the New Tyranny?(2001) edited by Bill Cooke and Uma Kothari 
This edited volume provides a collection of critical perspective on participatory approaches. The chapters range from very theoretical analyses to more concrete case-studies of how participation is sought in practice.

In the context of contemporary development thinking, which at times treats participation as a panacea, this text provides a useful counterbalance. It calls for greater prudence in both our assumptions concerning participation, as well as its deployment in development planning.

Working in International Development and Humanitarian Aid
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Book: Working in International Development and Humanitarian Aid (2004) by Angela Higney and Piero Calvi-Parisetti
This is a useful addition to the limited resources available to help guide students and professionals wishing to work in international development and humanitarian aid.

Written by authors with extensive personal experience of working in the sector, this book provides a very accessible introduction and overview of what development aid is, its main institutional actors, what it takes to get started, develop your career, as well as how the main institutional recruitment schemes work.
IDS In Focus: Issue 1: Social Protection
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IDS In Focus(2006) Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
IDS In Focus is a new series of briefing notes published by the IDS in Brighton, UK. This series is freely available online and provides very concise overviews of emerging policy issues. This first issue focuses on the salient issues surrounding social policy in developing countries.


Whose Reality Counts?: Putting the First Last
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Book: Whose Reality Counts?(1997) by Robert Chambers
In this widely read book Robert Chambers provides us with real food for thought.

His analysis of the development profession and the way that change is instigated on behalf of others calls into question many assumptions that underpin mainstream development practice.

Perhaps more importantly this book solicits self-questioning about our own roles in contributing to imagining realities for those we aim to serve; many of which are increasingly acknowledged as misconstrued.
Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual
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Reclaiming Development(2004) by Ha-Joon Chang and Ilene Grabel
Reclaiming Development is a very well-argued and accessible account of how national and international economic policy might be conducted differently.

The authors provide a very succinct yet persuasive argument as to why stakeholders in international development may wish to consider shifting away from neoliberal international economic policy.