‘A well-organized, fascinating collection.’
'Provides welcome relief from an academic literature which often treats official development assistance (ODA) in apolitical terms.'
Africa at LSE
'[A] timely collection of essays'.
Medicine, Conflict and Survival
'The collection is helpful in drawing attention to some general truths concerning the aid relationship; truths that bear restating for each new generation of scholars, policymakers and practitioners.'
'A valuable addition to the literature on political evolution in Africa and the relationship to aid and donor-based development.'
‘A wake-up call to the international democratic community. At a time when distrusting democracy has become fashionable again, this book cogently warns against the pitfalls of placing faith in dictatorship.’
Andreas Schedler, author of The Politics of Uncertainty
'An excellent contribution that will be of great use to students and researchers interested in democracy and foreign aid in sub-Saharan Africa ... will undoubtedly become a standard book for courses on development assistance and on African politics.'
Devon Curtis, University of Cambridge
‘A thought-provoking collection on an important phenomenon of African and global politics. Its essays elegantly reveal the intersections between ideologies of progress, power politics, technocracy, and sovereignty.’
Peter Uvin, Claremont McKenna College
‘Easily one of the most important books on development published in recent years. This is a must-read for all those concerned with where the globe's bankrupt political elites are taking us.’
Mark Duffield, University of Bristol (Emeritus)