Rural Development: Principles, Policies and Management comprehensively addresses the basic concepts, elements, paradigms, determinants, policy instruments, strategies, programs, and management of rural development. The book emphasizes, in particular, the pivotal role of human resources as both a means and an end of development. New pedagogical featuers have been added in the Third Edition, including 'Learning Outcomes' at the start of each chapter, and 'Main Points' summaries and 'Questions for Discussion' at the end of chapters.

Some Paradigms of Rural Development

Some paradigms of rural development

Learning Outcomes

After having gone through this chapter, students should be able to

  • list a few major characteristics of the Modernisation Theory of development;
  • illustrate the genesis of the Dependency Theory of the Marxist School and its relevance in India's context;
  • compare and contrast the Rosenstein-Rodan's Theory of the ‘Big Push’ and the Leibenstein's ‘Critical Minimum Effort Thesis’ and determine which one is more relevant to India;
  • critically examine the main assumptions of the Lewis' Model of Economic Development and their validity under present Indian conditions;
  • appraise the Gunnar Myrdal's Thesis of ‘Spread and Backwash’ effects in the present context of India;
  • describe the salient features of the Human Capital Model of Development and its relevance to India vis-à-vis the Gandhian Model of ...
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