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Introduction to International Development is a topical and theoretical introduction to development studies. This book is unique in its multidisciplinary approach given that most textbooks in the area are anchored primarily in one specific discipline-such as political science or economics-and fail to incorporate theories and viewpoints from other disciplines. Drawing contributors from a variety of disciplines-all three editors themselves come from different disciplinary backgrounds-this text ensures that students are exposed to a well-rounded view of development issues. In addition to being interdisciplinary, the book is international in scope - contributors from North America, the UK, Europe and the developing world expose students to diverse international perspectives. The book is divided into three sections: an overview of the history and key theories, a presentation of the key actors, and an exploration of contemporary issues in international development. Combining theoretical, practical, and multidisciplinary approaches to respond to the particular needs of undergraduate international development programs, Introduction to International Development is truly the ideal text for any international development studies course!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195428049
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Haslam is Assistant Professor at the International Development and Globalization Program, at the University of Ottawa. He is the co-editor of Governing the Americas: Assessing Multilateral Institutions. He has also worked as Senior Analyst at the Canadian Foundations for the Americas, a non-governmental organization based in Ottawa that works on issues of public policy in Latin America. Professor Haslam's teaching and research interests span both international development and international political economy. His current research focuses on state-firm relations in Latin America (particularly Argentina and Chile), the international regulation of foreign direct investment, corporate social responsibility, and the political economy of institutional reform in Latin America.

Jessica Schafer is an Assistant Professor at the International Development and Globalization Program, at the University of Ottawa. Professor Schafer's current research examines the relationship between social and environmental change in Mozambique from the late nineteenth century to the present, with a focus on forests and wildlife. Her previous research projects, with the universities of Oxford, Sussex, and Victoria, include livelihoods and natural resource management in post-conflict situations; post-conflict social and political change; reintegration of demobilized soldiers after civil war; and early childhood development in Africa. She has conducted research for the United States Agency for International Development, the Overseas Development Institute, and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom.

Pierre Beaudet is Replacement Professor at the International Development and Globalization Program, at the University of Ottawa. He has 25 years of experience in international development as a researcher and manager of various programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and as a consultant for CIDA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and several Canadian and international NGOs.

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Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Figures, and Tables
From the Publisher
About the Contributors
Part I Theories of and Approaches to International Development
1. Meaning, Measurement, and Morality in International Development
Jessica Schafer, Paul A. Haslam, and Pierre Beaudet
2. Imperialism and the Colonial Experience
Eric Allina-Pisano
3. Theories of Development
Radhika Desai
4. Post-development
Eunice N. Sahle
5. Gender and Development: The Struggles of Women in the Global South
Andrea Martinez
6. Globalization and Development
Pierre Beaudet
Part II International Development Actors
7. State of the State: Does the State Have a Role in Development?
Anil Hira
8. National Development Agencies and Bilateral Aid
Stephen Brown
9. The International Financial Institutions
Marcus Taylor
10. The United Nations and Multilateral Actors in Development
David Sogge
11. Multinational Corporations
Paul Alexander Haslam
12. Civil Society and Development
Henry Veltmeyer
Part III Issues in International Development
13. Poverty and Exclusion: From Basic Needs to the Millennium Development Goals
David R. Morrison
14. Debt and Development
Joseph Hanlon
15. Free Trade and Fair Trade
Gavin Fridell
16. Democracy
Cedric Jourde
17. Environment and Development
Deborah Sick
18. Rural Development
Joshua Ramisch
19. Urban Development: Cities and Slums in the Global South
Anne Latendresse and Lisa Bornstein
20. Development and Health
Ted Schrecker
21. Education and Development: The Perennial Contradictions of Policy Discourse
Richard Maclure, Refaat Sabbah, and Daniel Lavan
22. Conflict and Development
Astri Suhrke and Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary
23. International Migration and Development
Khalid Koser
24. Indigenous Peoples: A Category in Development
Natacha Gagne
25. Technology, Information, and Development
Erwin A. Alampay
26. Culture and Development
Nissim Mannathukkaren
27. China, Globalization, and Development
Samir Amin
Jessica Schafer, Paul Alexander Haslam, and Pierre Beaudet

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