Maldevelopment: Anatomy of a Global Failure

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United Nations University Press, 1990 - Business & Economics - 244 pages
With great clarity, this updated edition explains the complex changes of the late-20th and early-21st centuries, including the transformations in Eastern Europe and in the world economy, the growth of capitalism in China and--despite the West riding on the crest of new technologies--its materialist goals being increasingly questioned by new social movements including the Greens. Written by a well-known political economist, this analysis addresses problems specific to the third world, with particular emphasis on the crisis of the African continent. As it examines the failure of development from a political standpoint, this account argues that the world needs to be remade on the basis of an alternative social system that is national, popular, and based on cooperation between the countries of the southern hemisphere.

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Page 201 - Abstention from the use of arrangements of collective defence to serve the particular interests of any of the big powers.
Page 1 - If the 1960s were characterized by the great hope of seeing an irreversible process of development launched throughout what came to be called the Third World, and in Africa particularly, the present age is one of disillusionment. Development has broken down, its theory is in crisis, its ideology the subject of doubt.
Page 36 - First, trade and exchange-rate policies have overprotected industry, held back agriculture, and absorbed much administrative capacity. Second, too little attention has been paid to...
Page 201 - The Conference declared its full support of the principle of self-determination of peoples and nations as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations...
Page 70 - In brief, delinking is the refusal to submit to the demands of the worldwide law of value, or the supposed 'rationality' of the system of world prices that embody the demands of reproduction of world capital.
Page 150 - The hegemonic powers of the capitalist centreBritain in the 19th century, the United States nowadays - have always deemed it essential to their predominance to maintain Egypt in such a ruinous condition that it could not become the pivot of a revived Arab nation, that is, a genuine partner in the worldwide capitalist system. The plan of creating an artificial European state in Palestine to undermine such a possibility, was dreamed up by Palmerston in 1839, a score of years before Zionism even took...
Page 143 - The development of encoding and retrieval strategies was probably attractive to memory development researchers at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s, in...
Page 70 - ... rationality' of the system of world prices that embody the demands of reproduction of world capital. It, therefore, presupposes the society's capacity to define an alternative range of criteria of rationality of internal economic options, in short a 'law of value of national application'.
Page 119 - At the end of the Second World War ... the United States emerged as the uncontested leader hi world sea power.
Page 166 - Democracy and national strategy in the periphery', Third World Quarterly 9, 4:1129-57 at 1152-53.

About the author (1990)

Samir Amin is Director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal; and a co-founder of the World Forum for Alternatives.

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