The global development crisis

Selwyn, Benjamin (2014) The global development crisis. Polity, Cambridge. ISBN 9780745660158

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD4861 Labour systems
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD4909 Wages
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD6050 Classes of labour Including women, children, students, middle-aged and older persons, minorities
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD6350 Trade unions. Labour unions. Workers' associations
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD6951 Industrial sociology. Social conditions of labour
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD7795 Labour policy. Labour and the state
Depositing User: Benjamin Selwyn
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 14:21
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 14:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/48412
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