A renewed interest in local government and decentralisation in developing countries has emerged in recent years, and many students now turn to this subject. A substantial literature is already available, even if a lot more needs to be done. The present work is an attempt to guide new students of African local government to some of these contributions. The first part of the paper provides a rough categorisation of the literature, and the second part contains a short presentation of books and artic1es. The bibliography is by no means complete.

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