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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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The State of Development Thought

The State of Development Thought

Chapter:
(p.1) The State of Development Thought
Source:
International Development
Author(s):

Bruce Currie-Alder

Ravi Kanbur

David M. Malone

Rohinton Medhora

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.003.0001

What is development? How does it happen? How have ideas on development changed since the Second World War? How has thought driven practice, and how has practice in turn shaped thought? Some initial insights are identified from the volume's examination of the interplay between ideas, ranging from specific issues such as poverty and inequality, and the experiences of particular countries and regions. First, both the generation of ideas on development and their application in practice can be properly understood only within their particular historical, political, and institutional contexts. Second, contemporary thinking is increasingly generated in a more diverse set of locations, while policy-makers are also progressively drawing inspiration from beyond the intellectual capitals that loomed large in the past. Third, as a consequence, consensus on what constitutes “development” and how to best pursue it may well be a thing of the past. Practice may well improve as a result.

Keywords:   international development, history, ideas, developing countries, development practice, economics, development policy, human development

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