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Selwyn, Ben, author
The global development crisis / Benjamin Selwyn
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Cambridge, UK : Polity, 2014
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 3rd Floor  HD82 .S45 2014    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Economic development
Economic development -- Social aspects
Social classes
Social conflict
Globalization -- Social aspects
Capitalism -- Social aspects
Physical Description viii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary The central paradox of the contemporary world is the simultaneous presence of wealth on an unprecedented scale, and mass poverty. Liberal theory explains the relationship between capitalism and poverty as one based around the dichotomy of inclusion (into capitalism) vs exclusion (from capitalism). Within this discourse, the global capitalist system is portrayed as a sphere of economic dynamism and as a source of developmental opportunities for less developed countries and their populations. Development policy should, therefore, seek to integrate the poor into the global capitalist system. The Global Development Crisis challenges this way of thinking. Through an interrogation of some of the most important political economists of the last two centuries--D. Friedrich List, Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Schumpeter, Alexander Gerschenkron, Karl Polanyi and Amarta Sen--Selwyn argues that class relations are the central cause of poverty and inequality, within and between countries. In contrast to much development thinking, which portrays 'the poor' as reliant upon benign assistance, this book advocates the concept of labour-centred development. Here 'the poor' are the global labouring classes, and their own collective actions and struggles constitute the basis of an alternative form of non-elitist, bottom-up human development
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-232) and index
Contents The global development crisis -- Friedrich List and the foundations of statist political economy -- Karl Marx, class struggle and social development -- Trotsky, Gerschenkron and the clash Of Marxism and statist political economy -- Creative destruction and global inequality : from Marx to Schumpeter, and back -- Class struggle or embedded markets? Marx, Polanyi and the meanings and possibilities of socialism -- Development within or against capitalism? A critique of Amartya Sen's Development as freedom -- Towards a labour-centred development
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