Richard L. Sklar

Richard L. Sklar is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was founding co-chair of the interdepartmental undergraduate degree program in International Development Studies. He continues to lecture and write on the theories of postimperialism 1 and developmental democracy, 2 as well as the politics of development with particular empirical reference to Africa. In the Fall Quarter of this academic year he will teach a course on War and Peace in Africa (HC123) in the UCLA Honors Collegium.

Professor Sklar is a Past-President of the African Studies Association (U.S.A.). He has taught at several universities in Africa, including the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, the University of Zambia and, as a Fulbright Professor, the University of Zimbabwe . His books include Nigerian Political Parties, Corporate Power in an African State (Zambia), African Crisis Areas and U.S. Foreign Policy (coedited with Gerald J. Bender and James S. Coleman), Postimperialism (coauthored with David G. Becker et. al.), African Politics and Problems in Development (coauthored with C.S. Whitaker), Postimperialism and World Politics (coedited with David G. Becker), and African Politics in Postimperial Times: The Essays of Richard L. Sklar . A complete listing of his publications may be found in his Curriculum Vitae.

1. Postimperialism is a class-analytic theory of political and social change inspired by the explosive growth of transnational corporate enterprise during the latter 20th century.

2. Developmental democracy posits a causal relationship between democratic practice and economic development. See: "Democracy in Africa," "Developmental Democracy" and "Towards a Theory of Developmental Democracy."

Recent Essays



 UCLA Political Science Department
 James S. Coleman African Studies Center (UCLA)
 UCLA International Development Studies Program