Coping with Facts: A Skeptic's Guide to the Problem of Development

Coping with Facts: A Skeptic's Guide to the Problem of Development

by Adam Fforde
     
 

A key assumption in development literature, Adam Fforde argues, is that development is a predictable process with knowable solutions. As a result, the literature is characterized by a combination of great certainty and great differences of opinion.

It is no surprise then, that students and practitioners confronting the mass of competing assertions about

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Overview

A key assumption in development literature, Adam Fforde argues, is that development is a predictable process with knowable solutions. As a result, the literature is characterized by a combination of great certainty and great differences of opinion.

It is no surprise then, that students and practitioners confronting the mass of competing assertions about development “truths” become confused and frustrated. Coping with Facts offers guidance for the perplexed through a penetrating critique of development studies literature. Rather than presenting a general examination of modern development practice, Fforde develops coping strategies that help readers evaluate the contending solutions to problems of development.

Fforde cements his analysis with detailed case studies of development projects in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam where he spent over 10 years. Those eager to chart a constructive career in development theory and practice as well as students looking for an introduction to this vast field will want this book as a navigational aid for their journey.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565492745
Publisher:
Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1) Overview, puzzles and contextualization; Part I: The problem of development; 2) Choosing Case Studies; 3) A challenge to classic policy studies; 4) Development as an idea – history; 5) Development as an idea – contemporary issues; 6) Disciplines and viewpoints – notions of policy; 7) Empirics - measurement and "facts"; Part II: Exotic doctrine – its local fates; 8) Comparing development policies; 9) Vietnam – "Success without Intention, and a theatre of agency"; 10) Thailand – "Success without Intention and the search for cause"; 11) The Philippines - "Intention without Success, and the search for agency"; Part III: Conclusions; 12) Exotic Doctrine and its Local Fates – Failures, Facts and Creative Learning; 13) What now? Bibliography; Index; About the Author.

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