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Development Economics

A Critical Introduction, 1st Edition

By Shahrukh Rafi Khan


344 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415787369
pub: 2019-12-01
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Following the 2007-2009 financial and economic crises, there has been an unprecedented demand among economics students for an alternative approach, which offers a historical, institutional and multidisciplinary treatment of the discipline. Economic development lends itself ideally to meet this demand, yet most undergraduate textbooks do not reflect this.

This book will fill this gap, presenting all the core material needed to teach development economics in a one semester course, whilst also addressing the need for a new economics and offering flexibility to instructors. Rather than taking the typical approach of organizing by topic, the book uses theories and debates to guide its structure. This will allow students to see different perspectives on key development questions, and therefore to understand more fully the contested nature of many key areas of development economics.

The book can be used as a standalone textbook on development economics, or to accompany a more traditional text.

Table of Contents

Part I

1: Introduction: Overview

2: Should economic development be taught?

3: How much faith can we have in the data used?

4: How economic development knowledge is acquired?

5: Alternative perspectives on poverty and inequality

Part II. History and alternative approaches as solutions

6: Marx and development

7: Colonialism and neo-colonialism

8: Market failures and developmentalism

9: Government failure and neo-liberalism

10: Heterdox challenges to neo-liberalism: Rights based approaches to poverty alleviation

11: Heterodox challenges to neo-liberalism: Gender and development

12: Current state of the debate: A developmentalist challenge to neo-liberalism

Part III: Future challenges

13: Clean production and sustainable development

14: The challenge of automation

About the Author

Shahrukh Rafi Khan is currently Visiting Professor of Economics at Mount Holyoke College, USA. He formerly served as executive director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. He has also formerly taught at the University of Utah and Vassar College and served as Copeland Fellow at Amherst College. He has published extensively in refereed journals and authored and edited numerous books. He has twice won The Akhtar Hameed Khan book prize and engaged in academic consulting for several international organizations.

About the Series

Routledge Textbooks in Development Economics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General