Exploration in Development Issues (Voices in Development Management Series): Selected Articles of Nurul Islam / Edition 1

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Nurul Islam, currently head of economic and social policy at the FAO/UN and a key advisor at the International Food Policy Research Institute, has been a renowned expert on economic development for the past thirty years. Over that time he has researched and written about a wide range of economic development issues, focussing mainly on policy. For the first time ever, his most important writings have been brought together in this volume, reflecting not only Professor Islam's own views on particular issues, but also providing a unique overview of the key debates and discussions taking place among academic economist and policy analysts over the past three decades.

The collection is divided into three main sections
trade and aid, development strategy, and food security, the section on food security being the most recent. It discusses food security in a broad sense, covering issues of availability and growth in food production, access or entitlement of individuals or households to basic food, and variability in food supplies and prices.

In the section on Development Strategy, Professor Islam highlights how theoretical argument has veered away from organized 'development planning' models which proved so important in the 1960s. He questions the role of models and policies throughout the decades and, following articles written in the 1970s or 80s, he includes articles he has recently completed, assessing the previous ones from his current perspective.

In the final section, on Trade and Aid, he follows the academic debate on trade and exchange rate policies in developing countries from the 1960s to the progress of the WTO forums of today.

This is a wide-ranging and thought-provoking volume. No matter whether the subject in question was examined in the 1960s or currently, Professor Islam provides a challenging and insightful analysis, and even the earliest articles retain relevance and will be of continuing interest.

Author Biography
Nurul Islam, Professor and Research Fellow Emeritus, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA

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Editorial Reviews

Gustav Ranis
This volume presents the collected wisdom of a distinguished economist whose academic contributions have been immensely enriched by his varied experience inside policy making institutions at both the national and international levels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754615958
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Voices in Development Management Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction: an Overview 1
Pt. I Development Strategy: Concepts in Development Economics
1 Development of the Labour Surplus Economy 31
2 Concepts and Measurement of Unemployment and Underemployment in Developing Economies 56
3 External Economies and the Doctrine of Balanced Growth 72
Pt. II Development Strategy: Planning Models and Implementation
4 The Relevance of Development Models to Planning 85
5 Development Planning and Plan Implementation: Lessons of Experience 99
Pt. III Development Strategy: Lessons of Past Experience
6 National Import Substitution and Inward Looking Strategies: Policies of Less Developed Countries 119
7 Learning from East Asia: Lessons for South Asia - an Epilogue 133
8 Reflections on Development Perspectives since the 1950s 160
9 Lessons of Experience: Development Policy and Practice 166
Pt. IV Food Security: Agricultural Progress: Past Performance
10 Green Revolution in Asia: a Few Aspects and Some Lessons 179
11 Overview to Population and Food in the Early Twenty-first Century 210
12 Asia's Food and Agriculture: Future Perspectives and Policy Influences 217
13 Comments on 'The Issue of Sustainability in Third World Food Production' 229
14 Linkages between Agriculture and the Overall Economy 234
Pt. V Food Security: Policy Reforms in Agriculture
15 Government: Issues in Policy Reform 261
16 Tensions between Economics and Politics in Dealing with Agriculture 269
17 Commercialization of Agriculture and Food Security: Development Strategy and Trade Policy Issues 279
Pt. VI Food Security: Poverty and Undernutrition
18 Agricultural Growth, Technological Progress and Rural Poverty 299
19 Undernutrition and Poverty: Magnitude, Pattern and Measures for Alleviation 311
20 Hunger, Famines and Poverty: A Few Considerations of Political Economy 334
Pt. VII Food Security: Instability of Food Supplies and Prices
21 World Food Security: National and International Measures for Stabilization of Supplies 351
22 Instability in World Food Prices in the Post-Uruguay Round Situation: Prospects and Policy Issues 375
Pt. VIII Trade and Aid: National Trade Policy
23 Comparative Costs, Factor Proportions and Industrial Efficiency in Pakistan 389
24 Export Incentive and Effective Subsidy in Pakistan: An Evaluation 427
25 The New Protectionism and the Nature of World Trade: Comments 455
Pt. IX Trade and Aid: Issues in Development Assistance
26 Recent Trends in the Theory of International Investment 465
27 International Economic Assistance in the 1970s - A Critique of Partners in Development 473
28 Foreign Assistance and Economic Development: the Case of Pakistan 497
29 Economic Policy Reforms and the IMF: Bangladesh Experience in the Early 1970s 529
Pt. X Trade and AID: World Trade Issues
30 Progress of the GATT Negotiations on Agriculture and Developing Countries: Options and Strategies 545
31 Is Agricultural Trade Liberalization Bad for Environment? 563
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