Critical Reflections on Development

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-03-05
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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While a number of societies have begun to lift themselves out of poverty, many more remain in what appears to be a permanent cycle of failure, inappropriate development and exploitation. Assessing this repetition of development failures, this book critically analyses some of the key features of conventional development paradigms, explaining why they have been less successful in addressing outstanding development problems and offering alternative ways forward. With contributions from development practitioners as well as academics, the result is a novel blend of theory and practice in critiquing the development field.

Author Biography

Damien Kingsbury is the Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights and Deakin University, Australia. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen books and a significant number of book chapters and journal articles on political and security issues in Southeast and South Asia, in particular Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka. In 2005, he was advisor to the Free Aceh Movement in the Helsinki peace talks, which ended three decades of conflict. In 1999, 2007 and 2012, he led observer missions to Timor-Leste's ballot for independence and for subsequent elections.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Damien Kingsbury
1. Reconceptualising Development: the Painful Job of Thinking; Andrew Hewett & Chris Roche
2. The g7+ Group of Fragile States: Towards Improved International Engagement; Simon Fenby
3. After the Washington Consensus; John McKay
4. Civil War and the Limits of Decolonization Capitalism; Rohan Bastin
5. The Good Governance-Human Rights Nexus; Damien Kingsbury
6. Reconceptualising International Aid and Development NGOs; Paul Ronalds
7. A Trojan Horse? International Development Agencies Embrace Business Practices and Mental Models; Mark McPeak
8. Seeing the Forest for the Carbon: How Might REDD+ Schemes Impact Forest-dependent Communities?; Craig Thorburn
9. The Turn to Civil Society?; Sue Kenny
10. Feminist Reflection on the Declarations of Paris and Dili; Elizabeth Reid
11. Reproduction and Real Property in Rural China: Three Decades of Development and Discrimination; Laurel Bossen
Conclusion; Damien Kingsbury

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