Bibliographic Details

Theories of development / Richard Peet with Elaine Hartwick.

Author / Creator Peet, Richard.
Imprint New York : Guilford Press, c1999.
Description xiii, 234 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Language English
Subject Economic development.
Dependency.
Capitalism.
Marxian economics.
Capitalism.
Dependency.
Economic development.
Marxian economics.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/3901766
Other authors / contributors Hartwick, Elaine R. (Elaine Rachel), 1961-
ISBN 1572304898 (pbk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-228) and index.
Review by Choice Review

Development is in need of reinvention. After decades of struggle for development, it is increasingly apparent that there has not been any considerable socioeconomic progress in many Third World countries, which continue to suffer from adverse human conditions such as economic poverty, social inequality, political instability, and external dependence. In this critical survey of the main theories of development, the authors argue that development is a complex, contradictory phenomenon, one reflective of the best of human aspirations, yet subject to the most intense manipulation and liable to be used for purposes that reverse its original ideal intent. During a period characterized by major transformations in the global economy, serious questioning of the past 30 years of development, and seemingly overnight economic disasters in East Asia and Latin America, the need to reexamine various development paradigms is very timely. This book does exactly that, questioning all the leading paradigms and theories of development by examining sociological, economic, neo-Marxist, poststructuralist, feminist, and radical democratic approaches, as well as an array of development models including modernization, dependency, and neoliberalism. An excellent resource for undergraduate and graduate programs in development economics; highly recommended for academic, research, and professional collections. E. Balkan; Hamilton College (NY)

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Review by Choice Review