Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict

A Critical 'Development' Reader

Editors: Spoor, Max (Ed.)

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Is ‘development’ passé? Is it merely a by-product or a ‘trickle down’ effect of economic growth, spurred by globalisation? Will poverty simply diminish with increased global markets? This state-of-the-art critical ‘development’ reader deals with these and related questions. Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict examines the inter-relationships between globalisation, poverty and conflict. It complements current debates in the field of development studies and, in an era in which development fatigue seems to have become more profound than ever before, it brings the importance of development once again to the forefront. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 is a concrete target which many governments have agreed to work towards.Whether these goals can be realised is another issue. Nonetheless, the Millennium Development Goals have brought more focused attention to development in the past few years and renewed debate about the relationships between the process of globalisation and widespread poverty and the emergence of violent conflicts.

The authors in this edited volume discuss these inter-related and highly controversial topical elements of development in a number of chapters organised around three sets of issues: (1) globalisation, inequality and poverty; (2) governance, civil society and poverty; and (3) resource degradation, institutions and conflict. The contributions represent current thinking on (and practice of) development policy, poverty reduction, the need for multi-level democratic institutions, and the containing and prevention of conflicts. The authors confront the predominant mainstream ideas on ‘development’ and propose alternatives.

The chapters, written by a select group of scholars and development practitioners, will be of direct interest to those involved in this field of social sciences and in ‘development practice’, but they are composed in such a way as to remain accessible for the generally interested reader.

About the authors

Max Spoor is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Centre for the Study of Transition and Development (CESTRAD), Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands, and Extraordinary Professor, Centre of International Relations and International Cooperation (CIDOB), Barcelona, Spain.

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From the reviews:

"The book, a collection of 16 chapters grouped into three parts, gives a thorough and interesting review and discussion of contemporary development issues from a global perspective. … Although the book is targeted at readers in the field of social sciences, it is well written in a clear and simple manner so that it can find appeal to a wide audience, ranging from policy makers, academics to students and development practitioners." (Shephard Siziba, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Vol. 45 (4), 2006)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • From Exclusive to Inclusive Development

    Agnes Van Ardenne

    Pages 3-7

  • Collateral Damage or Calculated Default? The Millennium Development Goals and the Politics of Globalisation

    Jan Pronk

    Pages 9-33

  • Inequality, Poverty and Conflict in Transition Economies

    Max Spoor

    Pages 47-65

  • Globalisation, Marginalisation and Conflict

    S. Mansoob Murshed

    Pages 67-80

  • The Slow Progress of International Financial Reform

    Stephany Griffith-Jones

    Pages 81-96

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eBook $189.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict
Book Subtitle
A Critical 'Development' Reader
Editors
  • Max Spoor
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2858-8
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-2858-X
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2857-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6733-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 340
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