From the Local to the Global

From the Local to the Global : Key Issues in Development Issues

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"Think globally, act locally" is a phrase that is often used nowadays to describe the importance of popular activism and an awareness of the issues surrounding globalization. This work is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the key concepts in development which are central to understanding the causes of poverty, inequality and injustice in developing countries. With insightful contributions from development experts and activists from the North and the South, this book questions the capacity of governments to regulate markets and harness them to meet social needs. Critically assessing the role of multilateral organizations - and in particular the trade and debt regulations of the World Trade Organization and the World Bank - the contributors examine crucial international topics such as the environment, sustainability, the arms trade, interdependence, human rights, racism and stereotyping, setting them within the broader context of the global economy.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 163.6 x 212.3 x 18.3mm | 417.31g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • glossary, notes, index
  • 0745318126
  • 9780745318127

About Gerard McCann

Gerard McCann is a Lecturer in European Studies, St Mary's College, Queens University Belfast. He is a founder member of the Ireland-Palestine Cultural Links Project. He is author of Theory and History (Ashgate, 1997) and is the editor of The Rights Debate (WBEF, 2001). Stephen McCloskey is the Director of the Belfast Development Education Centre. He is also Secretary of the East Timor Solidarity Campaign and Chair of Cuba Support Group in Belfast. He is the co-editor of The East Timor Question: The Struggle for Independence from Indonesia (I.B. Tauris, 2000).
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Preface; Introduction: Whither Development in the Age of Globalisation; Section One: Development Issues and Definitions; 1. Measuring Human Development; Andy Storey; 2. The Colonial Legacy and the European Response; Gerard McCann; 3. Human Rights on Trial; Paul Hainsworth; 4. Women and Development; Madeleine Leonard; Section Two: Aid and Trade; 5. Perspectives on Aid; Maura Leen; 6. Is Trade an Agent of Development?; Denis O'Hearn; 7. Fuelling Conflict: The Impact of the Arms Trade on the Developing World; PL de Silva; Section Three: Debt and Poverty; 8. Debt: Cancellation by Instalments; Jean Somers; 9. Child Poverty and Global Change; Paula Rogers and Eimear Flanagan; 10. Education as an Agent of Social Change; Stephen McCloskey; Section Four: The Global Cost of Development; 11. Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Racism Iris Teichmann; 12. The Environmental Costs of Development; Mary Louise Malig; 13. Globalisation and Development: Charting the Future; Gerard McCann; Glossary; Notes on Contributors; Index
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