Research Notes

My new book, now available in Hardback AND Kindle.






African Coalitions and Global Economic Governance Cambridge University Press, 2016 [Cambridge] [Amazon] [Barnes and Noble] Abstract: The proliferation of international institutions with overlapping scope and authority over issue areas creates strategic dilemmas for all states. While African states are often considered marginalised in world politics and global markets, Michael Byron Nelson shows how coalitions can…

Noted: AidData has updates






Update: AidData has a rejoinder to Brautigam. Available here and worth the read: http://blog.aiddata.org/2013/05/a-rejoinder-to-rubbery-numbers-on.html An email I received yesterday has the following highlights: Updated AidData Database: AidData New China Aid Database: china.aiddata.org However, Deborah Brautigam has some very, very important critiques of this database: “Rubbery Numbers on Chinese Aid”. For instance, she comments one of…

Links and Feeds






I just updated my site to include an updated list of the news sites and blog feeds I follow. Much of it — except the major papers like Financial Times, The Economist, and The New York Times — can be accessed via the diagram below (just click on it to go to an interactive page).…

Research Resources: KOF Index of Globalization






KOF Index of Globalization. This might be useful. They describe their data: The KOF Index of Globalization measures the three main dimensions of globalization: economic social and political. In addition to three indices measuring these dimensions, we calculate an overall index of globalization and sub-indices referring to actual economic flows economic restrictions data on information…

China and Africa: Recent Links






Deborah Brautigam has posted a couple of nice quick reviews of two great sources relevant to understanding the role of China in Africa: “The Untold Story of China Development Bank”. The focus is not just on Africa here, but useful nonetheless. “Applause for New Study on Africa and Its Emerging Partners [China]”. The most recent…

Ghana: Oil






Oil Ghana has received a lot of attention over the past few years for the offshore oil finds. As the BBC reported earlier this year, Ghana’s economic growth rate is expected to double due to this find. Some of the most recent news on this: The debate as to whether Ghana will “escape” the oil…

China and Africa: Some of the Latest






As many friends and colleagues know, one of my two core research agendas considers Africa’s changing relationships with rising powers in the world, and in particular China. Here are some of the latest (well, I was on vacation a couple weeks so some of this may not seem very recent to all of you!) items…