The Baobab And The Mango Tree

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This is a book dealing with the big questions about development:

· What is development?

· Can Third World countries ever hope to 'catch up'?

· Can a development path be found that avoids indefinite impoverishment on the one hand, and environmental destruction on the other?

· What is the relationship, if any, between economic growth and political development?

· Can a country that has failed hitherto create for itself a second chance?

In their wide-ranging and insightful ...

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Overview

This is a book dealing with the big questions about development:

· What is development?

· Can Third World countries ever hope to 'catch up'?

· Can a development path be found that avoids indefinite impoverishment on the one hand, and environmental destruction on the other?

· What is the relationship, if any, between economic growth and political development?

· Can a country that has failed hitherto create for itself a second chance?

In their wide-ranging and insightful exploration, the authors take as their main examples two contrasting countries: Ghana, the first African colony to win independence, but which plunged into a downward spiral of economic decay; and Thailand, which was poorer than West Africa in the 1950s, but which went on to achieve decades of extraordinarily rapid economic growth, albeit at considerable environmental and human cost.

Intensely readable, this thought-provoking and courageous book brings the big questions about development to a wide audience of college students and interested readers.

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Editorial Reviews

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Readers will not always agree, but they will be made to think, by the insightful analysis of these courageous authors. Adebayo Adedeji, former Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa
Adebayo Adedeji
Readers will not always agree, but they will be made to think, by the insightful analysis of these courageous authors.
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The authors use a new approach for studying two underdeveloped countries: instead of comparing Ghana and Thailand to western models they are compared to each other, revealing insight as to why one country with so much promise has seen such difficulties and failures while another, with so many problems has come to develop and succeed at an incredible rate. The countries are contrasted in terms of history, leadership, development, corruption, civil society and statecraft. The authors share their thoughts on the likely future of both countries, whether they'll be able to "catch-up" with the developed world, and if they'll be able to avoid both perpetual poverty and massive environmental degradation. Distributed by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856498104
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Thompson is with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Nicholas Thompson is with Washington Monthly.

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Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgments
1. Preface
Part 1
2. Historical Trajectories
3. Leadership
4. Statecraft
Part 2.
5. Development
6. Economic Development in Africa and Asia
7. Corruption, from Nibble to Gulp
Part 3
8. Civil Society: The Main Event
9. Second Chances and Momentum
10. The Great Society

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