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Promises Not Kept : Poverty and the Betrayal of Third-World Development

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7th
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9781565492165

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1565492161
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Pub. Date:
6/30/2006
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Stylus Pub Llc
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Summary

* Updates include discussion of major initiatives such as the Millennial Development Goals, (MDG) to eliminate global poverty * Examines changes in international politics and approaches to global terrorism following the US-led military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq * Extensively revised facts and figures The seventh edition of this perennial stalwart of the Kumarian Press list continues the discussion of the 'new American hegemony' and the 'war on terror' that began with the previous edition. In particular, Isbister addresses changes in international politics and the impact on the global order of the US-led military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The author also focuses on major initiatives, such as the UN's Millennium Development Goals, to confront the issue of world poverty. As with all editions of this vibrant text, Isbister writes with clarity and passion, not only about failed promises, but about hope, human potential, and the belief that a just and equitable world system is attainable.

Author Biography

John Isbister is a professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his doctorate in economics from Princeton University in 1969, then joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz, as a founding fellow of Merrill College, which concentrates on the study of the third world. In addition to all the editions of Promises Not Kept, He is the author of two other Kumarian Press books, The Immigration Debate: Remaking America and Capitalism and Justice.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction
1(6)
A World of Poverty
7(23)
Five Lives
7(8)
The Third World
15(1)
The Extent of World Poverty
16(6)
The Successes
22(1)
Different Areas of the Third World Diverge
23(2)
The Betrayal of Responsibility
25(5)
Explanations of Underdevelopment
30(35)
Modernization Theory
32(9)
Dependency Theory
41(7)
Marxism
48(8)
Limitations of These Approaches
56(2)
Why Does Poverty Persist?
58(2)
Assessment
60(2)
The Theories as Worldviews
62(3)
Imperialism
65(36)
The Creation of the European Empires
66(9)
The Causes of Imperialism
75(5)
The Culture of Imperialism
80(6)
The Foundations of Third World Poverty
86(9)
The Population Explosion
95(2)
The Legacy of Imperialism
97(4)
Nationalism and Independence
101(45)
The Origins of Third World Nationalism
102(4)
The Indian Subcontinent
106(3)
China
109(4)
Vietnam
113(4)
Algeria
117(4)
Muslim and Jewish Nationalism
121(4)
Islamic Fundamentalism
125(2)
Sub-Saharan Africa
127(5)
Latin America
132(6)
The Nationalist Identity
138(3)
The Legacy of Nationalism
141(5)
Economic Development
146(43)
What Is Economic Development?
147(5)
Population Control
152(5)
False Paths to Economic Development
157(20)
Development in the 1980s: Waylaid by the Debt Crisis
177(4)
Into a New Century: Rediscovering the Market and Exports
181(3)
Non-governmental Organizations
184(1)
The Millennium Development Goals
185(4)
Foreign Policy
189(37)
The End of the Cold War
190(1)
Foreign Policy During the Cold War: Globalism
191(2)
The New American Hegemony
193(2)
The War on Terrorism
195(3)
The Illusion of the North-South Dialogue
198(2)
A Constructive Foreign Policy
200(3)
Military Spending and Policy
203(7)
Human-Rights Policy
210(6)
Foreign Economic Policy
216(6)
Can the Rich Cooperate with the Poor?
222(4)
The Future: Justice in an Age of Globalization
226(13)
Globalization
227(7)
A Hope for Partnership
234(5)
Bibliography 239(9)
Acknowlegments 248(3)
Index 251(22)
About the Author 273


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