International Development

  • Society, State and Market

    A Guide to Competing Theories of Development

    Edited by John Martinussen     January 1997

    This major new textbook has been specifically written for students of development studies. It provides a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary picture of development research over the past generation, and is organized around four major themes: economic development and underdevelopment, politics and the state, socio-economic development and the state and civil society and the development process. It is the only textbook in this field to present the full range of theoretical approaches and current debates.

  • The Post-Development Reader

    Edited by Victoria Bawtree and Majid Rahnema     January 1997

    Most scholars and practitioners are now agreed that the world is on the threshold of a completely new era in the history of development. This reader brings together in a powerfully diverse, but ultimately coherent, statement some of the very best thinking on the subject by scholars and activists around the world. The contributors provide a devastating critique of what the mainstream paradigm has in practice done to the peoples of the world, and to their richly diverse and sustainable ways of living. They also present some essential ideas to construct new, humane, and culturally and ecologically respectful modes of development.

  • Empowerment

    Towards Sustainable Development

    Edited by Naresh C. Singh and Vangile Titi     January 1995

    While fashionable rhetoric threatens to overwhelm clear thinking sustainable development, the authors of this study believe that serious and difficult questions need to be asked if we are to move to a concept and practice of development which really integrates the needs of people, the economy, the environment and the practical world of decision-making. In particular, it is too easy to assume a positive relation between poverty reduction and an improved environment. Instead they argue that the alleviation of poverty and sustainable development are only likely if the idea of empowerment and it practical institutionalization in the law, the education process and the machinery of government becomes a reality. This innovative book explores some of the multiple ways in which this approach could become a reality, as well as the difficulties that stand in the way.