Reimagining Growth: Towards a Renewal of Development Theory

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Zed Books, Aug 20, 2005 - Business & Economics - 308 pages
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In this volume a group of eminent economists and other social scientists seek to present an innovative new approach to economic development, drawing in part from certain heterodox intellectual traditions within economics as well as from the other social sciences. The intention is to point the way theoretically to a much more sophisticated understanding of economic development. The ultimate prize, they show, by grounding theory in a more accurate analysis of social change, is policies that really will deliver higher economic growth and greater social justice worldwide.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
A Tour through the Contributions I I
11
Local and Global Connections
20
Planned Development
33
The Committed Character and Enthusiastic Reception of Cepalino Thought
40
Barterbased Economics as Harmonielehre a System of Automatic Harmony
57
How Economic Activities Differ and Why it Matters
68
Notes on the Contributors 298
73
The Necessity of Institutions and the Nature of Markets
89
The Role of Institutions in Economic Change
99
What Opportunities
171
Society Community and Economic Development
198
The Economic Contributions of Society and Community
205
How Society and Community Frame Incentives
215
Social Forces Politics and Economics
221
Some Keynesian Ideas about Economic Development and Poverty
240

Conclusions
77
Rethinking the Role of Institutions
83
A Spatial Keynesian Approach to Development Poverty and Discrimination
246
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Silvana De Paula is associate professor in the Graduate Programme on Development, Agriculture and Society (CPDA) of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Her degrees include a Maîtrise en Sociolinguistique, a Master's in Development, Agriculture and Society, and a PhD in Sociology. In 1996-7 she used a Brazilian scholarship to pursue her research in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. As a member of the CPDA faculty, she has taught and advised master's and doctoral students since 1978, as well as coordinating research projects and Lato Sensu Graduate Courses. Silvana's teaching, research and publications have focused on several topics: culture in the contemporary context, particularly in Brazil; cross-cultural processes; relations between countryside and city; Brazilian social thought; and civil society organization and movements. Silvana is a permanent member of the editorial board of the Editora Bom Texto in Rio de Janeiro. She has undertaken several projects with the Brazilian Institute for Social and Economic Analyses (IBASE), including studies on the World Social Forum events of 2003 (Brazil) and 2004 (India), and research on Brazilian civil society since the Rio Conference of 1992.

Gary Dymski taught at the University of Southern California before joining the faculty at the University of California, Riverside, where he is now professor of economics. Gary is currently serving as founding director of the University of California Center, Sacramento. His publications include The Bank Merger Wave (1999), several edited books, and more than 100 articles and chapters on banking, financial fragility, urban development and poverty, credit-market redlining and discrimination, the Latin American and Asian financial crises, exploitation, and housing finance. He was a research fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, and has been a visiting scholar at Tokyo University, the Bangladesh Institute for Development Studies, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and the University of São Paulo. He is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a member of several editorial boards.

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