Written by one of the leading authorities in the field, the Second Edition of this successful book:
Situates students in the expanding field of development theory; Provides an unrivalled guide to the strengths and weaknesses of competing theoretical approaches; Explains key concepts; Examines the shifts in theory; Offers an agenda for the future
In this book, the author brings a huge range of experience and knowledge about the relationship between the economically advanced and the emerging, developing nations.
Chapter 11: Futures of Development
Futures of Development
Whither development is an old question. Considering future trends in development by way of trend extrapolation, even if it is a limited exercise, provides an opportunity to uncover background questions. Clearly there is no single future trend. Secondly complexity is a factor of growing importance. For some time the dominant mood in the development field has been scepticism bordering on pessimism – can't work, can't do. From a shortcut to utopia, development has become a dystopia.
This chapter probes futures of development. I take this up first by strolling through the current preoccupations of the major development theories and, by way of extrapolation, their likely future problematics. In bird's eye fashion this also recapitulates key themes of the book. The second ...