Bibliographic Details

Theories of development : contentions, arguments, alternatives / Richard Peet, Elaine Hartwick.

Author / Creator Peet, Richard.
Edition 2nd ed.
Imprint New York : Guilford Press, c2009.
Description xii, 324 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Language English
Subject Economic development.
Marxian economics.
Economic development.
Marxian economics.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Hartwick, Elaine R. (Elaine Rachel), 1961-
ISBN 9781606230664 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1606230662 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781606230657 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1606230654 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 292-313) and index.
Review by Choice Review

In this second edition, Peet (geography, Clark Univ.), a founding member of the "radical geography movement," and Hartwick (geography, Framingham State College) attempt a critical survey of main theories of development. Classical economic theories are reviewed but, curiously, with scant mention of Malthus or the classical stationary state. The authors are not particularly well versed in economics, and confusion is evident in their discussions of theories of trade, utility, and growth. They characterize neoclassical economics as "a fantasy theory out of touch with reality, reversing reality, a theory dreamed on behalf of the elite." Several chapters are devoted to rather dense discussions of social theories of development, e.g., structural functionalism and sociological modernization, but with limited relevance to contemporary development theory and policy. In the summary chapter, little is offered in the way of viable alternatives, belying the title of the book, although Venezuela is cited as a possible democratic development model. A more careful and insightful analysis can be found in Gilbert Rist's The History of Development: From Western Origins to Global Faith, 3rd ed. (2008). Summing Up: Not recommended. P. N. Hess Davidson College

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Review by Choice Review