Understanding Development

Understanding Development : Theory and Practice in the Third World

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Updated to reflect trends in world affairs, as well as in the scholarly literature, this text is both an assessment of the state of development theory and a survey of structural adjustment's results throughout the developing world. John Rapley traces the evolution of development theory from its strong statist orientation in the early post-war period, through the "classic" phase, to the middle-of-the-road position of the beginning of the 21st century, drawing attention to the inadequacy of existing modes. Using a wide range of examples, he shows where, how and why various approaches to development have worked, or failed. He concludes with a look at one of the most disturbing subjects that theorists and practitioners alike must tackle: why development appears to be so far out of reach for so many poor countries.show more

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  • Paperback | 225 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 10mm | 281.23g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1588260992
  • 9781588260994

About John Rapley

John Rapley is senior lecturer in the Department of Government, University of the West Indies (Mona). His publications include Ivoirien Capitalism: African Entrepreneurs in Cote d'Ivoire.show more

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"By emphasizing a close link between development theory and the actual practice of economic policymaking, Rapley grounds the discussion in a way that will be much appreciated by both students and their instructors.... [Rapley] writes with a rare clarity." - Bruce E. Moon, American Political Science Review "Dr. Rapley makes clear the many connections between economics and politics... worthwhile and enjoyable reading!" - Kay Knickrehmshow more

Table of contents

Introduction. Development Theory in the Postwar Period. State-Led Development in Practice. The Neoclassical Answer to Failure. Neoclassical Reform in Practice. Development Theory in the Wake of Structural Adjustment. The Political Economy of Development. Conclusion.show more

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