Development and Underdevelopment in Historical Perspective: Populism, Nationalism and Industrialisation, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Development and Underdevelopment in Historical Perspective

Populism, Nationalism and Industrialisation, 1st Edition

By Gavin Kitching


210 pages

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How do the intellectual origins and historical background of western and other theories of development affect their relevance to contemporary Third-World conditions? This is the central question behind Gavin Kitching’s examination of ‘development studies’, first published in 1982, from its origins in the late 1940s through to the contemporary era. While presenting the contemporary ‘radical orthodoxy’ of development studies, Kitching argues that these theories are continuations of much older traditions of populist and neo-populist thought.


‘This is an excellent book. It is very clearly written; students can and should read it. Perhaps its greatest virtue is to extend the range (both in time and conceptually) of what is to count as development theory, well beyond the narrow economistic concerns of both mainstream and much Marxist writing.’ – Journal of Development Studies

‘A major and indeed brilliant contribution to the debate. He has achieved a rare success. For those embarking on a study of the issues he has produced an excellent introduction, as lucid as it is wide-ranging. For those already familiar with the debates, his unusual and imaginative approach provokes fresh engagement.’ – Third World Book Review

Table of Contents

1. An Old Orthodoxy 2. Populism 3. Neo-Populism 4. Neo-Populism in Modern Development Theory 5. Populist Development in Action? Tanzania and China 6. Populism and Nationalism 7. Conclusions

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Development

Routledge Library Editions: Development will re-issue works which address economic, political and social aspects of development. Published over more than four decades these books trace the emergence of development as one of the most important contemporary issues and one of the key areas of study for modern social science.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries