All SID publications are available by sending an e-mail with your request. Books and other publications are also available during SID Lectures at the VU in Amsterdam, once a month on Mondays. Quoted prices exclude the postage fee of €2,50 for the Netherlands, €7,20 within Europe and €9,50 for countries outside of Europe. 


New Publication: Global Values in a Changing World

International treaties, conventions and declarations have been developed in an attempt to establish a world in which people’s basic needs are provided for. An increasing number of states have ratified and incorporated them into their national legislations. But are such norms truly universal? And with states no longer being the only actors that shape global developments, what can be said about the role of social contracts between state and society for shaping the agenda of international cooperation? And how do these social contracts develop in heterogeneous societies? If people themselves are the main drivers behind development, what does this imply for foreign aid?

This book is edited by Afke de Groot and Sonja Zweegers and contributors include: Paul Collier (OxfordUniversity), Kate Nash (Goldsmiths, University of London), Willem van Genugten (TilburgUniversity), Shi Yinhong (Renmin University of China) and many others.

ISBN 9789460222108 | 245 pages | 2012 | € 26.50 (excl. postage costs) | English | to order please e-mail with your request


With the launch of our new publication ‘Global Values in a Changing World’ we have decided to lower the prices of some of our previous publications.

Common Goods in a Divided World (2011): €26.50, €12.50 (€7.50 for SID NL Members)

Economic Growth and the Common Good (2010): €26.50 €12.50 (€7.50 for SID NL Members)

Emerging Global Scarcities and Power Shifts (2009): €26.50 €12.50 (€7.50 for SID NL Members)

Two copies of the above books are only €20,- and all three copies can be obtained for only €25,-

SID NL Members can obtain two copies for €10,- and three for €15,-

Common Goods in a Divided World. Challenges and Opportunities for International Cooperation

Common Goods in a Divided World, the title of the lecture series organized by the Netherlands Chapter of the Society of International Development (SID) and also title of this publication  underlined the necessity to safeguard common interests through institutional facilities and arrangements. The financial crisis has shown the disastrous shortcomings of supervision and regulation; international security has been undermined by fragile states; the structural reform of the United Nations did not come to much; the discussion of the adaptation of the Bretton Woods system is stagnating and non-Western nations should be given a greater role in the management of interdependence and international security. In this volume, international experts, scientists, politicians and activists give their views and recommendations on these issues.

The volume is edited by Bernard Berendsen, and contributors include: Inge Kaul (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin), Andrew Mack (Human Security Report Project, Canada), Yvo de Boer (KPMG and former Executive Secretary (UNFCCC), Seth Kaplan (Alpha International Consulting), Ruud Lubbers (founding member of Worldconnectors and Earth Charter Council) and Franz-Josef Radermacher (Ulm University).

Economic Growth and the Common Good. From Crisis to Sustainable Development

Twenty years ago, economic planning and protectionism were held responsible for poverty and stagnation. Nowadays it is the market that is blamed, not only for increased poverty and income inequality, but also for the dismantling of public services and ecological destruction. Yesterday’s solutions have become today’s problems. Liberalisation and privatisation have left people and environment at the mercy of the free market. The mightiest are reaping the benefits, the weakest are footing the bill. Meanwhile the global economy is being hit by one crisis after another: financial crises, an energy crisis, a food crisis – and of course the poorest countries and people are affected the most. In this volume current insights and sticky policy dilemmas will be identified, and their implications assessed for the policies of organisations and institutions in the field of international cooperation.

Edited by Bernard Berendsen and contributions by politicians and academics, such as: Rick van der Ploeg (University of Oxford), Frank den Butter (Commission on Growth and Development), Diane Elson (University of Essex), Martin Wolf (Financial Times), José Edgardo Campos (World Bank), Luc Soete (UNU-MERIT), Vijay Paranjpye (University of Pune), Ad Melkert (UNDP), Nancy Birdsall (Center for Global Development).

Emerging Global Scarcities and Power Shifts

This SID publication deals with the emerging global scarcities on food, energy and water; on how these are interrelated and affected by considerations and policies dealing with climate change and on how they affect the relative position of indicidual countries, groups of countries and the development prospects of developing countries.
Experts in the field give their views on the matter. On the growing relationships and growing competition between food and bio-fuels; the consequence of rising energy prices and the geopolitical consequences of a likely further expansion of global demand for energy; Europe’s (over)dependence on oil and gas from external resources; on climate change and the growing scarcity of water in relation to increasing demand for the prodcution of food and bio-fuels. They finally shed their light on the shifts brought about in international power relations.

The book was edited by Bernard Berendsen and contributions were given by politicians and academics. Among others: Rudy Rabbinge (Wageningen University), André Fraaij (Copernicus Institute), Michael Klare (Amherst College), Jonathan Stern (Oxford Institute for Energy Studies), Jan Lundquist (Stockholm International Water Institute), Jan Pronk (Institute of Social Studies), Pier Vellinga (Wageningen University) and Gerda Verburg (Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality).

Democracy and Development

We only have a few copies of this book left and is therefore not for sale.

The title of this publication suggests there is a positive relationship between democracy and development: more democracy implies more openness and checks and balances, more accountability and less corruption and all this would be conducive to sustainable development. Experts in the field give their views on the matter. They all address questions like: what comes first, democracy or development; is there a choice between democracy and stability; can democracy be promoted from outside and are different cultures equally compatible with democratic systems of government?

Contributions by William Easterley (New York University and Brookings Institution, author of White men’s burden), Michael Edwards (Ford Foundation), Thomas Carothers (Carnegie Endowment for international Peace), Paul Collier (Oxford University), David Beetham (University of Leeds), Kumi Naidoo (the World Alliance for Citizen Participation), , Nico Schrijver (Leiden University), Kim Campbell (former Prime Minister of Canada and co-founder of the Club de Madrid) and others.

Religion, International Relations and Development Cooperation

This book poses one of the most important challenges to foreign policy and development cooperation in the 21st century: to critically reflect new forms of religious identification. It also deals with the practical and policy-related consequences of the debate for development organisations and their views on poverty, religion and conflict.

The Society for International Development (SID) has brought together eminent international writers and leading authorities in the field of religion, coming from different backgrounds and regions. Among the contributors are Peter Berger, Leonardo Boff, Abdullahi An-Naim, Riffat Hassan, Thomas Pogge, Scott M. Thomas and Jonathan Fox.

ISBN 9789086860357 | 356 pages | 2007 | € 20,- (€15,- for SID NL Members) | English | Hardback | to order please e-mail info@sidnl.orgwith your request

Other Publications

Agriculture, Food Security and Inclusive Growth

In 2011, SID Netherlands, together with the International Institute of Social Studies and supported by NCDO, organised the lecture series ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Inclusive Growth. This new publication is the fruit of the series, bringing together the public lectures that were imparted by a number of key figures in the fields of agriculture, food, food policies, environment and land issues in developing countries. Speakers were: Andries du Toit (PLAAS), Kevin Cleaver (IFAD), Camilla Toulmin (IIED) and Olivier de Schutter (UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food). The discussed topics are (again) at the top of the development agenda, as questions regarding food security and the volatility (and increase) of food prices are crucial to the survival of millions of people. We hope this booklet will contribute to the further thinking and debate on this crucial issue for the next decades. You can download the booklet (free) here.


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