Future Positive: International Co-operation in the 21st Century


Published to worldwide acclaim in 1999, Future Positive has helped to revolutionise our thinking about international co-operation. This revised edition updates the arguments of the book to take account of the events of 11 September 2001, and offers an optimistic counter-blast to unilateralism.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Edwards' Future Positive is a remarkably coherent account of complex and diverse issues.'
London Review of Books

'This courageous book pursues the biggest issue of all: how international co-operation can be raised to a higher level. The pursuit is full of intellectual excitement, arriving at conclusions that are inspiring and challenging.'
John Toye, UNCTAD

'Edwards approaches problems facing the world with steady determination and a cool eye... He is remarkably persuasive, wise and extraordinarily well-informed.'
Global Ideas Bank

'It is particularly refreshing to read a book which sets out how such changes might be achieved, and which is fundamentally optimistic that they can be.'
David Bryer, Director, Oxfam.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136565120
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 977 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Edwards is the Director of the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Unit in New York.

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Acronyms and abbreviations
1 Introduction : the co-operative imperative 1
Pt. 1 Looking back
2 1945 and all that : a brief history of international co-operation 27
3 How do countries grow? : it's the polity, stupid! 46
4 It's not size that matters : development projects re-examined 70
5 Matters of life and death : the record of humanitarian intervention 88
6 Summary : sticks, carrots and room to manoeuvre 111
Pt. 2 Looking forward
7 Creativity plus opportunity : a new formula for foreign aid 127
8 Humanising capitalism : which way forward? 144
9 Light but firm : the future of global governance 165
10 Building constituencies for change : the rise and fall of third-world charity 186
11 The getting of wisdom : institutional reform and personal revolution 204
12 Conclusion : how can I help? 220
References and notes 234
Index 286
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