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FEATURED | Annotated bibliography on urban politics and political economy in African cities

Produced as part of the inception phase of the African Cities Research Consortium (ACRC), this bibliography provides a starting point into the investigation of the politics and political economy of African cities. Based on an extensive desktop search and review of relevant literature on the politics and political economy of African cities, it is split into seven sections, covering: the global political economy of African cities; the politics of urban infrastructure; governing African cities; elections, party politics and elite bargaining; the political sociology of African cities; civil society and popular agency; and crime, violence and conflict.

  • General

    Download key background documents and communications materials from the African Cities Research Consortium here.

    African Cities Research Consortium – Two-Page Summary


    African Cities | Apr 2021 | General

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  • City Scoping Studies

    Download our initial city scoping studies here.

    Accra: City Scoping Study


    Ransford A. Acheampong | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Addis Ababa: City Scoping Study


    Ezana Haddis Weldeghebrael | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Bukavu: City Scoping Study


    Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka, Emery Mushagalusa Mudinga and Tom De Herdt | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Dar es Salaam: City Scoping Study


    Milla Nyyssölä, Tim Kelsall and Tim Ndezi | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Freetown: City Scoping Study


    Alexandre Apsan Frediani | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Harare: City Scoping Study


    George Masimba | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Kampala: City Scoping Study


    Henrik Ernstson and Paul Mukwaya | Dec 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Khartoum: City Scoping Study


    Enrico Ille and Griet Steel | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Lagos: City Scoping Study


    Ola Uduku, Taibat Lawanson and Oghenetega Ogodo | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Lilongwe: City Scoping Study


    Kate Strachan, Jessica Kavonic, Tim Kelsall and Tom Hart | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Maiduguri: City Scoping Study


    Marissa Bell and Katja Starc Card | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Mogadishu: City Scoping Study


    Lucy Earle | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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    Nairobi: City Scoping Study


    Alice Sverdlik | Jun 2021 | City Scoping Studies

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  • Working Papers

    Download our working papers here.

    Working Paper 1 | Politics, systems and domains: A conceptual framework for the African Cities Research Consortium


    Tim Kelsall, Diana Mitlin, Seth Schindler and Sam Hickey | Sep 2021 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 2 | Uneven development, politics and governance in urban Africa: An analytical literature review


    Michaela Collord, Tom Goodfellow and Lewis Abedi Asante | Nov 2021 | Working Papers

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    Working Paper 3 | Annotated bibliography on urban politics and political economy in African cities


    Lewis Abedi Asante | Dec 2021 | Working Papers

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