This book provides readers with an understanding of the disparate theories concerning development, their assumptions and the intellectual forces underpinning them. Leading contributors from the field of development studies present the relevant material to analyze and evaluate current debates about development, together with the intellectual tools to judge contemporary arguments concerning developing countries and the ability to relate theories to contemporary policy issues.
'This is, quite simply, the best thing on development that I have read in many, many years. Its range and depth, both descriptively and theoretically, and its cohesiveness from chapter to chapter, are all truly remarkable. Hettne's chapter on development discourses is a masterpiece of theoretical clarity and insight, as is Kamrava's on democracy and democratization.' - Professor Michael Fleet, Marquette University, USA