2nd Edition

Key Thinkers on Development

Edited By David Simon Copyright 2019
    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    528 Pages
    by Routledge

    Since its publication in 2006 as Fifty Key Thinkers on Development, this invaluable reference has established itself as the leading biographical handbook in its field, providing a concise and accessible introduction to the lives and key contributions of development thinkers from across the ideological and disciplinary spectrum. This substantially expanded and fully updated second edition in the relaunched series without the numerical constraint includes an additional 24 essays, filling in many gaps in the original selection, greatly improving the gender balance and diversifying coverage to reflect the evolving landscape of development in theory, policy and practice.

    It presents a unique guide to the lives, ideas and practices of leading contributors to the contested terrain of development studies and development policy and practice. Its thoughtful essays reflect the diversity of development in theory, policy and practice across time, space, disciplines and communities of practice. Accordingly, it challenges Western-centrism, Orientalism and the like, while also demonstrating the enduring appeal of "development" in different guises. David Simon has assembled a highly authoritative team of contributors from different backgrounds, regional settings and disciplines to reflect on the lives and contributions of leading authorities on development from around the world. These include:

    • Modernisers like Kindleberger, Perroux and Rostow
    • Dependencistas such as Frank, Furtado, Cardoso and Amin
    • Progressives and critical modernists like Hirschman, Prebisch, Helleiner Sen, Streeten and Wang
    • Political leaders enunciating radical alternative visions of development, such as Mao, Nkrumah and Nyerere
    • Progenitors of religiously or spiritually inspired development, such as Gandhi, Ariyaratne and Vivekananda
    • Development–environment thinkers like Agarwal, Blaikie, Brookfield, Ostrom and Sachs
    • International institution builders like Singer, Hammarsköld, Kaul and Ul Haq
    • Anti- and post-development thinkers and activists like Escobar, Ghosh, Quijano and Roy

    Key Thinkers on Development is therefore the essential handbook on the world’s most influential development thinkers and an invaluable guide for students of development and sustainability, policy-makers and practitioners seeking an accessible overview of this diverse field and its leading voices.

    Adebayo Adedeji (1930–2018) Reginald Cline-Cole with David Simon

    Irma Adelman (1930–2017) David Zilberman

    Anil Agarwal (1947–2002) Tim Forsyth

    Elmar Altvater (1938–2018) Henning Melber

    Samir Amin (1931–2018) M.A. Mohamed Salih

    Alice Amsden (1943–2012) Henry Wai-Chung Yeung

    A.T. Ariyaratne (1931–) Lakshman Yapa

    Jagdish Bhagwati (1934–) V.N. Balasubramanyam

    Piers Blaikie (1942–) Jonathan Rigg

    James M. (Jim) Blaut (1927–2000) Ben Wisner

    Norman Borlaug (1914–2009) Katie Willis

    Ester Boserup (1910–1999) Vandana Desai

    Harold Brookfield (1926–) John Connell and Barbara Rugendyke

    Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1931–) Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez with David Simon

    Michael Cernea (1934–) Anthony Bebbington

    Robert Chambers (1932–) Michael Parnwell with David Simon

    Hollis B. Chenery (1918–1994) Juha I. Uitto

    Diane Elson (1946–) Sylvia Chant and Jordana Ramalho

    Arturo Escobar (1952–) Aram Ziai

    Frantz Fanon (1925–1961) Michael J. Watts

    Fei Xiaotong (1919–2005) Huang Ping, Joshua Muldavin and Xiaojing Lynette Shi

    Andre Gunder Frank (1929–2005) Michael J. Watts

    Paolo Freire (1921–1997) Anders Närman with David Simon

    John Friedmann (1926–2017) Gary Gaile with David Simon

    Celso Furtado (1920–2004) Roberto Saturnino Braga

    Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi (1869–1948) Rana P.B. Singh

    Susan George (1934–) Cathy Mcilwaine

    Alexander Gerschenkron (1904–1978) Robert Gwynne with David Simon

    Jayati Ghosh (1955–) Sucharita Sen

    Eduardo Gudynas (1960–) Ronaldo Munck

    Dag Hammarskjöld (1905–1961) Henning Melber

    Gerald K. Helleiner (1936–) Christopher Cramer

    Albert O. Hirschman (1915–2012) John Brohman with David Simon

    Philippe Hugon (1939–2018) Jean-Jacques Gabas

    Richard Jolly (1934–) Jo Beall

    Naila Kabeer (1950–) Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

    Michał Kalecki (1899–1970) Jan Toporowski

    Inge Kaul (1944–) Henning Melber

    Akhtar Hameed Khan (1914–1999) David Lewis

    Charles Poor Kindleberger (1910–2003) Jan Toporowski

    Sir William Arthur Lewis (1915–1991) Morris Szeftel

    Michael Lipton (1937–) John Harriss

    Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus (1766–1834) W.T.S. (Bill) Gould

    Mao Zedong (1893–1976) Ton Van Naerssen

    Karl Marx (1818–1883) Richard Peet

    Manfred Max-Neef (1932–) Rita Abrahamsen

    Terence Gary McGee (1936–) John P. Lea

    Gunnar Myrdal (1898–1987) Sarah Radcliffe

    Kwame Francis Nkrumah (1909–1972) Alfred Babatunde Zack-Williams

    Ragnar Nurkse (1907–1957) Rainer Kattel

    Julius Kambaragwe Nyerere (1922–1999) Dani W. Nabudere with David Simon

    Elinor Ostrom (1933–2012) Tim Forsyth and Craig Johnson

    François Perroux (1903–1987) Jean-Jacques Gabas

    Karl Polanyi (1886–1964) Morris Szeftel

    Raúl Prebisch (1901–1986) Cristóbal Kay

    Aníbal Quijano (1928–2018) Philipp Horn

    Joan Robinson (1903–1983) Pervez Tahir

    Walter Rodney (1942–1980) James Sidaway

    Paul Rosenstein-Rodan (1902–1985) Jagdish Bhagwati and Richard Eckaus

    Walt Whitman Rostow (1916–2003) Ulrich Menzel

    Aruna Roy (1946–) John Harriss

    Ignacy Sachs (1927–) Krystyna Vinaver and Marlène Monteiro

    E.F. (Fritz) Schumacher (1911–1977) Tony Binns

    Dudley Seers (1920–1983) Arturo Escobar

    Amartya Kumar Sen (1933–) Stuart Corbridge

    Hans Wolfgang Singer (1910–2006) John Shaw with David Simon

    Frances Stewart (1940–) Nandini Gooptu and Amogh Dhar Sharma

    Joseph Stiglitz (1943–) Ben Fine

    Paul Patrick Streeten (1917–2019) Francis Wilson

    James Tobin (1918–2002) David Simon

    Mahbub Ul Haq (1934–1998) Marcus Power

    Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902) Rana P.B. Singh

    Wang Hui (1959–) Joshua Muldavin and Kong Yuan

    Eric R. Wolf (1923–1999) Reinhart Kößler and Tilman Schiel

    Peter Worsley (1924–2013) Ronaldo Munck


    David Simon is Professor of Development Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, and Director of Mistra Urban Futures, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. He is author, editor and co-editor of many books and journal special issues on cities, development–environment challenges and climate change adaptation, most recently Rethinking Sustainable Cities: Accessible, Green and Fair (2016), Urban Planet (2018) and Holocaust Escapees and Global Development: Hidden Histories (2019).

    "David Simon has done a masterful job of collecting a diverse group of idea men and women, practitioners, politicians and spiritual leaders from all continents to enrich the still-evolving field of development studies. It is a ready reference to the intellectual development of the past as well as the main currents in the contemporary world. The student, the teacher and discerning readers will all enjoy this must-read."
    -Dr Nadia Tahir, The News on Sunday