Theory

One of my very first academic articles, entitled “Modernist Discourse and the Crisis of Development Theory,” explored the similarities and differences between modernisation theory and dependency theory. The focus of that article was academic theorising about development.

Over time, I have become increasingly interested in two related lines of inquiry. The first asks critical questions about the relationship between dominant paradigms of development – such as neo-liberalism – and the policies and practices of influential western institutions (such as the World Bank, IMF and international NGOs). The second asks how those same paradigms of development have been challenged globally, both by particular forces (such as NGOs and African political theorists) and by alternative paradigms (such as rights-based development).

Representative articles are “Africa in the Rise of Rights-based Development” and “Am I an Ex-slave? African Political Theory and the Politics of Representation.”

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