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.
Chapter 5: Achieving Social Development: The Institutional Perspective
The primary purpose of this book has been to provide a comprehensive overview of the field of social development. It has offered a definition of social development within the framework of different approaches for promoting human welfare, traced the history of social development, examined key theoretical debates in social development and described the major social development strategies. The book has also shown that there are wide differences of opinion on many social development questions. Social development has been defined in different ways in different disciplines; different people and groups of people with different interests have contributed to the historical evolution of social development; theoretical issues are approached from different points of view; and different ...