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African studies: a reading list

African Studies focuses on the rich culture, history and society of the continent, however the growing economies of African countries have become an increasingly significant topic in Economic literature. This month, The Centre for the Study of African Economies annual conference is taking place in Oxford. To raise further awareness of the growing importance of the study of African economics, we have created this reading list of books, journals, and online resources that explore the varied areas of Africa and its economy.

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Made in Africa by Arkebe Oqubay

Made in Africa presents the findings of original field research into the design, practice, and varied outcomes of industrial policy in the cement, leather and leather products, and floriculture sectors in Ethiopia. It explores how and why the outcomes of industrial policy are shaped by particular factors in these industries.

The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics: Volume 1: Context and Concepts edited by Célestin Monga and Justin Yifu Lin

This handbook opens up the diverse acuity of commentary on exciting topics, and in the process challenges and stimulates the quest for knowledge. Wide-ranging in its scope, themes, language, and approaches, this volume explores, examines, and assesses economic thinking on Africa, and Africa’s contribution to the discipline. Read a free chapter from Oxford Handbooks Online.

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The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics: Volume 2: Policies and Practices edited by Célestin Monga and Justin Yifu Lin

This volume aims at reassessing the economic policies and practices observed across the continent since independence. It offers a collection of analyses by some of the leading economists and development thinkers of our time, and reflects a wide range of perspectives and viewpoints—even on the same topic. Read a free chapter from Oxford Handbooks Online.

Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction by Elleke Boehmer

As well as being a remarkable statesman and one of the world’s longest-detained political prisoners, Nelson Mandela has become an exemplary figure of non-racialism and democracy, a moral giant. Set within a biographical frame, this Very Short Introduction explores the reasons why his story is so important to us in the world at large today, and what his achievements signify. Read a free chapter from Very Short Introductions Online.

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Capital Flight from Africa, Causes, Effects, and Policy Issues edited by S. Ibi Ajayi and Léonce Ndikumana

A comprehensive thematic analysis of capital flight from Africa, it covers the role of safe havens, offshore financial centres, and banking secrecy in facilitating illicit financial flows and provides rich insights to policy makers interested in designing strategies to address the problems of capital flight and illicit financial flows. Read a free chapter from Oxford Scholarship Online.

Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa, Current and Emerging Issues edited by Andrew McKay and Erik Thorbecke

This volume discusses long-standing, but central, economic issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, including the nature of growth-poverty-inequality relations, agriculture, the labour market and openness, and globalization. Read a free chapter from Oxford Scholarship Online.

The Journal of African Economies

In advance of the CSAE 2016 conference plenary session on 25 years of the Journal of African Economies, revisit some of the best it has to offer in this special 25th anniversary collection, featuring articles on conflict, education, aid ‘dependency’, and more.

9780192802484African History: A Very Short Introduction by John Parker and Richard Rathbone

Essential reading for anyone interested in the African continent and the diversity of human history, this Very Short Introduction looks at Africa’s past and reflects on the changing ways it has been imagined and represented. Key themes in current thinking about Africa’s history are illustrated with a range of fascinating historical examples, drawn from over 5 millennia across this vast continent. Read a free chapter from Very Short Introductions Online.


African Affairs

African Affairs has collected some of the most insightful and influential articles that it has published on Africa’s International Relations and made them free to download as part of a virtual issue. The virtual issue also features an exclusive online-only introduction by the journal’s newest Co-Editor, Dr. Carl Death.

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