The Myth of Development: The Non-Viable Economies of the 21st Century

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Zed Books, Oct 5, 2001 - Business & Economics - 211 pages
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This provocative book asks readers to be politically realistic about what is happening to the overwhelming majority of people in Third World countries. With three exceptions (Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan), development has not come. A myriad of people in feeble infant-states have been born--children of self-determination, but not of economic and scientific progress. State-driven, communist, and neo-liberal development models have failed most of these people. The large majority of Third World countries are only mistakenly called "developing." They are not actually in the process of becoming Newly Industrialized Countries (NIC's), but Non-Viable National Economies (NNE's). This book explores the option of replacing the wealth of nations agenda with a survival of nations agenda. In order to prevent increasing social and political disorders, the author argues that many countries with primary production and explosive urban growth will have to abandon dreams of development to adopt a policy of national survival based on the search for water, food, and energy security--and the stabilization of their populations.

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Oswaldo de Rivero is a former Peruvian diplomat, ex-Ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva (he resigned because of, in his own words, a profound disagreement with President Fujimori's government), and author of New Economic Order and International Development Law (Pergamon). His views are the result of a profound knowledge of the international scene acquired during more than 20 years in a broad range of international forums. He represented his country at the UN General Assembly and on the Security Council; in the United Kingdom and the USSR; was president of the Economic Commission of the Non-Aligned Countries' summit; president of the Group of 77 countries; and chairman of the Council of the Latin American Economic System (SELA), a regional inter-governmental body set up to encourage cooperation and integration among Latin American and Caribbean countries. He has also been president of the Review Conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the United Nations Disarmament Conference; and led the Peruvian delegation during the Uruguay Round of GATT world trade negotiations. Today he lives in Geneva where he worked as a consultant until his appointment by the new Peruvian government as Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in early 2001. He is currently writing a new book.

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