Two books have been released in the “Politics, Economics and Inclusive Development” series co-edited by Natalia Mirovitskaya of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

The first, The Evolution of Development Thinking: Governance, Economics, Assistance and Security, assesses the evolution of theories and practices in governance, economics, foreign assistance, civil society and human security in developing countries since World War II. It identifies progress and weaknesses, and points to how development approaches across these inter-connected areas can greatly enhance inclusive development.

William Ascher, founder of DCID and professor of government and economics at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., co-wrote the book with Garry D. Brewer of Yale University, G. Shabbir Cheema of the East-West Center and John M. Heffron of Soka University of America.

Ascher is also series co-editor with Mirovitskaya and Shane Joshua Barter of Soka University.

The second book, The Politics of Inclusive Development: Policy, State Capacity and Coalition Building, investigates the political conditions and policies most likely to bring about progress toward inclusive development. Drawing on four cases studies with distinct development trajectories, it argues that this progress is primarily a political struggle that requires committed leadership and societal support.

Author Judith A. Teichman is professor of political science and international development studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

In addition to editing the series, Mirovitskaya is co-author of four books in the series: Economic Development Strategies and the Evolution of Violence in Latin America; The Economics Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa; Development Strategies, Identities and Conflict in Asia; and Development Strategies and Inter-Group Violence.

Both books were prepared under the auspices of the Pacific Basin Research Center of Soka University of America in California.

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