History, Historians and Development Policy: A Necessary Dialogue

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If history matters for understanding key development outcomes then surely historians should be active contributors to the debates informing these understandings. This volume integrates, for the first time, contributions from ten leading historians and seven policy advisors around the central development issues of social protection, public health, public education and natural resource management. How did certain ideas, and not others, gain traction in shaping particular policy responses? How did the content and ...

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Overview

If history matters for understanding key development outcomes then surely historians should be active contributors to the debates informing these understandings. This volume integrates, for the first time, contributions from ten leading historians and seven policy advisors around the central development issues of social protection, public health, public education and natural resource management. How did certain ideas, and not others, gain traction in shaping particular policy responses? How did the content and effectiveness of these responses vary across different countries, and indeed within them? Achieving this is not merely a matter of seeking to "know more" about specific times, places and issues, but recognizing the distinctive ways in which historians rigorously assemble, analyze and interpret diverse forms of evidence. This book will appeal to students and scholars in development studies, history, international relations, politics and geography as well as policy makers and those working for or studying NGOs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780719085772
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

C. A. Bayly is Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History and Fellow of St. Catharine's College at theUniversity of Cambridge. Vijayendra Rao is Lead Economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank. Simon Szreter is Professor of History and Public Policy and Fellow of St John's College at theUniversity of Cambridge. Michael Woolcock is Senior Social Scientist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank.

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Table of Contents

How and why history matters for development policy -- Michael Woolcock, Simon Szreter and Vijayendra Rao
• Indigenous and colonial origins of comparative economic development: The case of colonial India and Africa -- C. A. Bayly
• Commentary: History, time and temporality in development discourse -- Uma Kothari
• Historical contributions to contemporary development policy issues
Social Protection
• Social security as a developmental institution? The relative efficacy of Poor Relief provisions under the English old Poor Law -- Richard Smith
• Historical lessons about contemporary social welfare: Chinese puzzles and global challenges --  R. Bing Wong
• Commentary:  Why might history matter for development policy? -- Ravi Kanbur
• Public Health
• Health in India since Independence -- Sunil S. Amrith
• Health care policy for American Indians since the early 20th century -- Stephen J. Kunitz
• Commentary: Can historians assist development policy-making, or just highlight its faults? -- David Hall-Mathews
• Public education
• The end of literacy: The growth and measurement of British public education since the early nineteenth century -- David Vincent
• The tools of transition: Education and development in modern southeast Asian history -- Tim Harper
• Commentary: Remembering the forgetting in education -- Lant Pritchett
• Natural resource management  Energy and natural resource dependency in Europe, 1600-1900 -- Paul Warde
• Special rights in property:  Why modern African economies are dependent on mineral resources -- Keith Breckenridge
• Commentary: Natural resources and development – which histories matter?-- Mick Moore
• Index

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