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Deconstructing Human Development
From the Washington Consensus to the 2030 Agenda

ISBN 9780367489564
Published December 10, 2020 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a critical deconstruction of the human development framework promoted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990. Taking the Human Development Reports of the UNDP as its starting point for reflection, this book investigates the construction of this framework as well as its political function since the end of the Cold War. The book argues that the UNDP’s discourse on development relies on essentialist philosophical, cultural, and political assumptions dating back to the 19th century and concludes that these assumptions – also present in the MDGs and SDGs – impede a full grasp of the complex and multi-layered global problems of the current world. Whilst development critiques traditionally relied on liberal, Marxist or Foucauldian theoretical frameworks and focused on epistemological or political economy issues, this book draws on the post-foundational and post-structuralist work of Ernesto Laclau and Jacques Derrida and proposes an ontological and relational reading of development discourses that both complements and further develops the insights of previous critiques. This book is key reading for advanced students and researchers of Critical Development Studies, Political Science, the UN, and Sustainable Development.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Endless Quest  Chapter 1: (The Absence of) Development  Chapter 2: Evolutionism and the Matryoshka Doll  Chapter 3: Sisphus and the Mountain Called Capitalism  Chapter 4: We are the Champions  Chapter 5: We are the World  Conclusion: Past, (…) and Future 

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Juan Telleria is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Researcher at the Hegoa Institute for International Cooperation and Development Studies, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain.