I'd like to relearn the fundamentals of economics and public policy. Where should I look for books, videos, and other materials on these topics?
I've been working in international development for a few years now, implementing programmes in a number of countries. I got into this work through my primary field (librarianship). I am starting to think about next steps career-wise and strengthening my knowledge in supporting fields. I have interests in capacity building, public policy, governance, civil society, public sphere etc. Ultimately, I'd like to consider a PhD in one of these fields but I feel like I'm a way off from that. My undergraduate was in political science and I also had some economics coursework, but that was some time ago now.
I'd like to relearn the fundamentals of economics and public policy. Where should I look for books, videos, and other materials on these topics to build up my economic knowledge before I tackle working through something like this OCW course on development policy
? Should I concentrate on macro, micro, both, or something else? What are the core texts on public policy now?
In terms of what I have access to, I already read The Economist, Foreign Affairs, have access to the British Library, public lectures at the London School of Economics, and have a number of books on development economics (unread!) including Ray's Development Economics (too daunting for now), Easterly's White Man's Burden, Sen's Development and Freedom, Banerjee and Duflo's Poor Economics etc.