2nd Edition

Westernizing the Third World The Eurocentricity of Economic Development Theories

By Ozay Mehmet Copyright 1999
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    The second edition of this successful and popular text has been updated and revised to include recent issues in development economics.
    Significant new additions include:
    * Asian values and development
    * democracy, human rights and good governance
    * globalization and development
    * boxed summaries of key arguments and glossary.
    Westernizing the Third World identifies the mainstream economic theories which have been employed in developing countries. The author examines these and explains why Eurocentric concepts are not suitable for the developing world.

    Preface to the second edition 1 Westernizing the Third World 2 Classical (pre-1914) economic development theories 3Postwar neo-classical theories, 1945–1973 4 Model-building and macro-planning 5 The new economic order: false start 1973 6 The latest state of the art: economic development theorizing since 1980 7 Conclusion and future agenda


    Ozay Mehmet is Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University, Canada. He is the author of Islamic Identity and Development: Studies of the Islamic Periphery, also published by Routledge.

    'This is an enjoyable, intellectual book, not only for economists but also for anyone who is intellectually and academically engaged in development and Third World issues, modernisation and Westernisation as well as economics, development economics, public policy and theory construction and deconstruction'. - Mehmet Asutay, The Muslim World Book Review, 22:4, 2002)

    From the first edition:'This book gives a lucid analysis of the dominant theories of economic development grounding these theories solidly in their Eurocentric context. This is a courageous and stimulating book for it helps us rethink our knowledge bases and opens up new dimensions of understanding in these areas of great significance.' - Nancy Hudson-Rodd, Director, Centre for Development Studies, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

    From the first edition:'A useful addition to the literature, this volume is recommended for all students, researchers and practitioners of development economics' - CHOICE

    From the first edition:'I recommend this book to development practitioners, because it will give them an understanding of a perspective on ideological biases in economic development theories that is not normally available in development texts ... this is a welcome addition to the literature on the subject.' - Pritam Singh, Oxford Brookes University

    From the first edition:'I found Westernizing the Third World to be highly informative and thought-provoking.' - Sujit Raman, Senior Editor, Harvard International Review