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'Development' first emerged as a subject area in the second half of the twentieth century. After the Second World War, scholars and practitioners sought to study the causes of poverty and so-called 'underdevelopment' in a more systematic and sustained way. These days, the substance of development studies - especially in relation to the developing world - focuses mainly on poverty reduction and improving 'human development'. It is a dynamic field whose importance cannot be understated as the gap between rich and poor grows seemingly ever wider.

In this short overview of the field, Jeffrey Haynes adopts a chronological and conceptual approach to introduce students to the central themes and theoretical perspectives in the study of development. In particular, he examines the emergence and consolidation of development theory and explores the internal and external factors which influence development in poorer regions of the world. Haynes also looks at key issues which impact upon the success of development including globalization, conflict, the environment, gender and human rights.

This book will appeal not only to students of development studies, but also to those interested in the politics, economics and sociology of the developing world.

About the Author:
Jeffrey Haynes is Professor of Politics at London Metropolitan University

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Editorial Reviews

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"Haynes deserves much appreciation for writing such an eminentlyreadable book for students of development studies."
Political Studies Review

"This informed overview focuses on globalization,governance…and god(s). It identifies and examines theproliferating range of increasingly controversial‘development’ issues towards the end of the firstdecade of the new millennium."
Tim Shaw, University of the West Indies

"Only recently have world leaders and commentators had to admitthat after four decades of their commitment to development theworld is more unequal than ever. In this balanced and comprehensiveoverview of the field of development studies, Professor Haynes setsout the principal issues involved, and relates ongoing debates tocurrent developments, while remaining clear and accessiblethroughout"
Peter Calvert, University of Southampton

"This highly recommended book brings clarity into the field ofdevelopment studies, particularly for beginners. It covers inaccessible language most relevant issues, from globalization andinternational political economy to environment and religion.Furthermore the book handles the essentially contested nature ofthe subject in an impressively balanced fashion."
Bjorn Hettne, School of Global Studies

"One of the best works to have appeared in the field ofdevelopment studies in recent years. It is thorough in its coverageof issues and contemporary themes related to development, it isinsightful and judicious in its treatment of the various topics, itis of utility to both generalists and specialists alike, and it iswritten in a style that is lucid and free of jargon. I stronglyrecommend it to anyone interested in the study ofdevelopment."
Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745638478
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Polity Short Introductions Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Haynes is Professor of Politics at London Metropolitan University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Concepts and theories 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Discourses on development 26
3 Changing notions of development : bringing the state back in 47
Pt. 2 Development and domestic factors 65
4 Democracy and democratisation 67
5 The political economy of development 89
6 The power of the gun : armies and armed force 116
7 Religion and development 138
8 Ethnicity and ethnic conflict 160
9 The natural environment 181
10 Human rights in an unequal world 201
11 Gender and development 226
Pt. 3 Development and globalisation 247
12 The global political economy 249
13 Globalisation and development 268
14 Regionalism and regionalisation 288
15 Conclusion 313
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