Introduction to International Development Approaches, Actors, and Issues

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Introduction to International Development is a topical and theoretical introduction to development studies. This book is unique in its multidisciplinary approach given that most textbooks in the area are anchored primarily in one specific discipline-such as political science or economics-andfail to incorporate theories and viewpoints from other disciplines. Drawing contributors from a variety of disciplines-all three editors themselves come from different disciplinary backgrounds-this text ensures that students are exposed to a well-rounded view of development issues. In addition tobeing interdisciplinary, the book is international in scope - contributors from North America, the UK, Europe and the developing world expose students to diverse international perspectives. The book is divided into three sections: an overview of the history and key theories, a presentation of thekey actors, and an exploration of contemporary issues in international development. Combining theoretical, practical, and multidisciplinary approaches to respond to the particular needs of undergraduate international development programs, Introduction to International Development is truly the idealtext for any international development studies course!

Author Biography

Paul Haslam is Assistant Professor at the International Development and Globalization Program, at the University of Ottawa. He is the co-editor of Governing the Americas: Assessing Multilateral Institutions. He has also worked as Senior Analyst at the Canadian Foundations for the Americas, a non-governmental organization based in Ottawa that works on issues of public policy in Latin America. Professor Haslam's teaching and research interests span both international development and international political economy. His current research focuses on state-firm relations in Latin America (particularly Argentina and Chile), the international regulation of foreign direct investment, corporate social responsibility, and the political economy of institutional reform in Latin America.
Jessica Schafer is an Assistant Professor at the International Development and Globalization Program, at the University of Ottawa. Professor Schafer's current research examines the relationship between social and environmental change in Mozambique from the late nineteenth century to the present, with a focus on forests and wildlife. Her previous research projects, with the universities of Oxford, Sussex, and Victoria, include livelihoods and natural resource management in post-conflict situations; post-conflict social and political change; reintegration of demobilized soldiers after civil war; and early childhood development in Africa. She has conducted research for the United States Agency for International Development, the Overseas Development Institute, and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom.
Pierre Beaudet is Replacement Professor at the International Development and Globalization Program, at the University of Ottawa. He has 25 years of experience in international development as a researcher and manager of various programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and as a consultant for CIDA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and several Canadian and international NGOs.

Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Figures, and Tables
List of Acronyms
List of Contributors
Theories and Approaches to International Development
Meaning, Measurement and Morality in International Development
Imperialism and the Colonial Experience
Theories of Development
Gender and Development
Globalization and Development
International Development Actors
State of the State: Does the State Have a Role in Development?
National Development Agencies and Bilateral Aid
The International Financial Institutions
The United Nations Multilateral Actors in Development
Multinational Corporations
Civil Society and Development
Issues in International Development
Poverty and Exclusion: From Basic Needs to the Millennium Development Goals
Debt and Development
Free Trade and Fair Trade
Environment and Development
Rural Development
Development and Health
Education and Development
Conflict and Development
International Migration and Development
Indigenous Peoples: A Category in Development
Technology, Information and Development
Culture and Development, Nissim Mannathukkaren Epilogue: China, Globalization and Development
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