Development and the Developing World

Development and the Developing World : An Introduction

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of development and the developing world. Written in a clear and accessible way, it introduces students to the key theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks in development studies, and provides a guide to contemporary issues and current debates. The early part of the book focuses on definitions and theories of development, providing a historical account of the evolution of development theory and practice in the last few decades -- through the impasse in development studies in the 1980s to the consolidation of the neo--liberal consensus across the world. Subsequent chapters analyse key development strategies -- the role of the state and of international trade -- in the context of a number of contemporary problems, including the spread of HIV in Africa, the use of GM technology in agriculture and the role of education, population growth and urbanization. In doing so, Kambhampati highlights the interdependence between the causes and consequences of development, emphasizing why the development problem has been hard both to identify and to solve. Development and the Developing World will be an essential text for undergraduate and graduate students coming to the subject for the first time and taking courses in development studies, globalization and international relations.show more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 30mm | 580.61g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745615503
  • 9780745615509

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of development and the developing world. Written in a clear and accessible way, it introduces students to the key theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks in development studies, and provides a guide to contemporary issues and current debates. The early part of the book focuses on definitions and theories of development, providing a historical account of the evolution of development theory and practice in the last few decades - through the impasse in development studies in the 1980s to the consolidation of the neo-liberal consensus across the world. Subsequent chapters analyse key development strategies - the role of the state and of international trade - in the context of a number of contemporary problems, including the spread of HIV in Africa, the use of GM technology in agriculture and the role of education, population growth and urbanization. In doing so, Kambhampati highlights the interdependence between the causes and consequences of development, emphasizing why the development problem has been hard both to identify and to solve. Development and the Developing World will be an essential text for undergraduate and graduate students coming to the subject for the first time and taking courses in development studies, globalization and international relations.show more

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"Uma Kambhampati has provided an extremly useful introductory text on development." Development and Change, Vol. 36show more

About Uma S. Kambhampati

Uma S. Kambhampati is Lecturer in Economics, University of Readingshow more

Table of contents

List of Tables. List of Boxes. Acknowledgements. Introduction and Argument. PART I: DEFINING DEVELOPMENT. 1. Growth and Development. 2. Structural Change, Industrialisation and Economic Growth. 3. Growth, Distribution and Equity. PART II: EXPLAINING DEVELOPMENT. 4. Theories of Growth. 5. Development and The World. 6. Beyond the Impasse: Development Theory in the 1990s. PART III: DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY: THE STATE AND THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY. 7. Globalisation, Trade and Development. 8. International Financial Flows. 9. The State, Growth and Development. 10. Development: The 'Success' Stories. PART IIII THE DOMESTIC SECTOR. 11. Population, Migration and Urbanisation. 12. Agricultural Change and Rural Development. 13. Human Capital and Human Welfare: Health and Education. 14. Labour Markets and Employment. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index.show more

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