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.

A Definition of Social Development
A definition of social development

There is an urgent need to respond to the problem of distorted development described in the introduction to this book. By seeking to harmonize social policies with measures designed to promote economic development, social development offers a unique response to this problem. It also offers a broad macro-perspective on social welfare, and applies a variety of strategies which seek to enhance the levels of living of the whole population. As such, social development offers a comprehensive and dynamic approach to promoting social well-being today.

This chapter provides an overview of the concept of social development. It also offers a formal definition of social development and a description of its key characteristics. The account provided in this chapter ...

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