Thinking on development informs and inspires the actions of people, organizations, and states in their continuous effort to invent a better world. This volume examines the ideas behind development: their origins, how they have changed and spread over time, and how they may evolve over the coming decades. It also examines how the real-life experiences of different countries and organizations have been inspired by, and contributed to, thinking on development. The
extent to which development 'works' depends in part on particular local, historical, or institutional contexts. General policy prescriptions fail when the necessary conditions that make them work are either absent, ignored, or poorly understood. There is a need to grasp how people understand their own
development experience. If the countries of the world are varied in every way, from their initial conditions to the degree of their openness to outside money and influence, and success is not centred in any one group, it stands to reason that there cannot be a single recipe for development.
Each chapter provides an analytical survey of thinking about development that highlights debates and takes into account critical perspectives. It includes contributions from scholars and practitioners from the global North and the global South, spanning at least two generations and multiple disciplines. It will be a key reference on the concepts and theories of development - their origins, evolution, and trajectories - and act as a resource for scholars, graduate students, and
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 972
Weight: 1630 g
Dimensions: 247 x 171 x 54 mm
Through its richness and depth, the volume addresses a wide audience of students and researchers interested in the issue of development. In particular, it is a useful tool for those scholars looking for a starting point for grasping the fundamental issues presently at stake and an introduction to the main territories explored by the research. The book provides a synthesis, or at least a shared framework, of a debate that appears to have multiplied its perspectives.
While this multiplicity may be puzzling at first glance, as suggested by the editors, it is a potential resource for this field of study and action that, in the near future, has to address a conscious diversification of objectives to tackle the issues of each territory. The contribution given by the
book is fundamental to meeting this challenge. * Michele Fontefrancesco, University of Gastronomic Sciences *
The books will be of great interest to students in public policy, governance and area studies in particular. * Sojin Shin, Political Studies Review *