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5th Edition

The Process of Economic Development

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ISBN 9780367256821
November 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
768 Pages - 35 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The fifth edition of The Process of Economic Development offers a thorough and up-to-date treatment of development economics. It has been extensively revised throughout, reflecting the most recent developments in research and incorporating the latest empirical data, as well as key theoretical advances and many new topics. The world has seen vast economic growth in China, economic transformation in India, challenges in Latin America, rapid economic progress in Southeast Asia and the deepening impact of environmental issues such as climate change. This new edition addresses all these critical issues as well as the pivotal role of the state, where China’s capacity is contrasted with that of the African states.

Transnational corporations’ reliance on low-wage manufacturing and labour arbitrage is featured. Agricultural policy—extensively explored—remains crucial, as does the promotion of industrialization. This fifth edition offers a ‘state-of-the-art’ analysis of these essential themes and many others. Numerous case studies and issue focuses have been integrated with sundry central topics. Neoclassical theories and applications, including a timely exploration of behavioral economics, are accessibly explicated.

Cypher’s comprehensive account remains the development economics text par excellence, as it takes a much more practical, hands-on view of the issues facing developing countries than other, overly mathematical texts. This book is unique in its scope and in the detailed attention it gives to a vast range of ideas, including pioneering developmentalist and heterodox formulations. Distinct institutional structures are examined within their historical contexts.

This landmark text will continue to be an invaluable resource for students, teachers and researchers in the fields of development economics and development studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1: An overview of economic development

1. The Development Imperative

2. Measuring economic growth and development

3. Development in historical perspective

Part 2: Theories of development and underdevelopment

4. Classical political economy in the industrial revolution

5. Developmentalist theories of economic development

6. Heterodox theories of economic development

Part 3: The structural transformation

7. The state as a potential agent of transformation: From neoliberalism to embedded autonomy

8. Contemporary perspectives and new strategies for development

9. The initial structural transformation: Initiating the industrialization process

10. Strategy switching and industrial transformation

11. Agriculture and development

12. Population, education, and human capital

13. Technology and development

Part 4: Problems and Issues

14. Transnational corporations and economic development

15. Managing the Foreign Account: Balance of payments issues and beyond

16. International institutional linkages: The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and foreign aid


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James M. Cypher is Emeritus Research Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico and Emeritus Professor of Economics at California State University, Fresno, USA.