The social development approach seeks to integrate economic and social policies within a dynamic development process in order to achieve social welfare objectives. This first comprehensive textbook on the subject demonstrates that social development offers critically significant insights for the developed as well as the developing world. James Midgley describes the social development approach, traces its origins in developing countries, reviews theoretical issues in the field and analyzes different strategies in social development.


This book discusses an approach for promoting human welfare known as social development. Social development's most distinctive feature is its attempt to harmonize social policies with measures designed to promote economic development. While other institutionalized approaches for promoting social welfare such as philanthropy, social work and social administration have tangential links with economic development, none dynamically or purposefully harmonize economic and social objectives within a wider, development process. It is the emphasis on development, together with its universality and macro-focus, that differentiates social development from the other approaches for promoting social welfare.

Social development transcends the residual and institutional approaches which have dominated social welfare thinking in the past. While the residualist approach recommends that limited public resources be targeted on the most needy sections ...

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