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Overview

Widely adopted, this text critically evaluates the leading theories of international economic development, from classical economic and sociological models to Marxist, poststructuralist, and feminist perspectives. No other book provides such comprehensive coverage or links the theories as incisively to contemporary world events and policy debates. Reexamining neoliberal conceptions of economic growth, the authors show what a more just and democratic form of development might look like today.

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"The second edition of Theories of Development lives up to its ambitious title, as did its predecessor. Packed with ideas and arguments, much of the text has been recast and updated, for example, its prescient (in light of the present global crisis) critique of neoliberalism. This is a scholarly and well-referenced book that is an ideal text for upper-level undergraduate and graduate programs in international and development studies, geography, and other social sciences focusing on social change. Beginning doctoral students will find the book useful for situating their own research in a wider context of social theory."—Piers Blaikie, PhD, Professor Emeritus, School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK

"Development is contentious, and contentions over theories and practices of development are unlikely to end soon. Peet and Hartwick do not mince words as they offer a provocative critique of conventional, poststructuralist, and postdevelopmentalist theories. Their critical modernist perspective refuses to abandon hope for a better society through truly democratic development. In the second edition, crucial connections between theory and practice are highlighted by expanded attention to neoliberalism and the Millennium Development Goals, and to the experience of development under socialism in the USSR, Cuba, and now Venezuela. This is an excellent, thought-provoking text for graduate or advanced undergraduate classes on development and globalization. It is sure to be a resource that students will return to again and again as a guide to the theoretical and historical origins of current debates."—Paul K. Gellert, PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee

"This second edition offers more detailed discussions of differences within the schools of thought, and also shows how theories are translated into policies—and the consequences for people around the globe. The most recent issues and debates are included. This book's contending-perspectives approach to theoretical analysis, the authors' honesty about their own point of view, and their skill in placing development ideas in historical context make it important reading for anyone interested in economic development and North-South relations. It will enable students to compare and contrast schools of thought, understand theories' relationships to one another, and trace the evolution of contemporary development concepts."—Christine A. Kearney, PhD, Department of Politics, Saint Anselm College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606230657
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/13/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 418,047
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Peet is Professor of Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was a founding member of the "radical geography movement" and a long-time editor of Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. His interests include development, global policy regimes, power, theory and philosophy, political ecology, and the causes of financial crises. The author of numerous articles, book reviews, and books, Dr. Peet is editor of a new radical journal, Human Geography.

Elaine Hartwick is Associate Professor of Geography at Framingham State College in Framingham, Massachusetts, where she teaches courses in political, cultural, and regional geography and global development. She has published on a variety of topics, including commodity chains, consumer politics, social theory, and development geography, with a regional specialization in Southern Africa.

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Table of Contents

1. Development

I. Conventional Theories of Development

2. Classical and Neoclassical Economics

3. From Keynesian Economics to Neoliberalism

4. Development as Modernization

II. Nonconventional, Critical Theories of Development

5. Marxism, Socialism, and Development

6. Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism, and Postdevelopmentalism

7. Feminist Theories of Development

III. Critical Modernism

8. Critical Modernism and Democratic Development

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    Excellent survey of the various theories of development

    Richard Peet, Professor of Geography at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Elaine Hartwick, Associate Professor of Geography at Framingham State College, Massachusetts, have written a fine study of the leading theories of international economic development.

    Part 1 looks at theories of development that take the conventional view of Western modernity as the summit of human progress: classical and neoclassical economics, Keynesianism, neoliberalism, and modernization. Part 2 looks at theories of development that are critical of Western modernity: Marxism, socialism, post-structuralism, post-colonialism, post-developmentalism, and feminist theories of development. Part 3 outlines what the authors call critical modernism, democracy, reasoning and planning, science, technology and medicine.

    They write, "poverty results from extreme inequalities. Poor people are poor because rich people take so much of the income the economy produces." J. F. Kennedy's inaugural address showed the US state's priorities: "if a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." In the USA, almost half of all families got lower real incomes in 1995 than they had in 1973.

    The authors praise the efforts made by Venezuela and Cuba and their creation of ALBA, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America. They note that Cuba has "a life expectancy at birth of 77 years, a 97% literacy rate, and an infant mortality rate of 6 per 1,000 live births (lower than the 9 per 1,000 figure for the United States). This last favourable statistic results from Cubans' access to free healthcare for everyone and from Cuba's having the largest number of physicians (591) per 100,000 people in the world."

    They observe, "With initial financing of $1 billion, the Bank of ALBA will finance economic integration and infrastructural development as well as fund social, educational, cultural, and health programs in the member countries. Unlike other international financial institutions, such as the World Bank or IMF, the Bank of ALBA will not impose loan conditions and will function on the consensus of all its members."

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