A key assumption in development literature, Adam Fforde argues, is that development is a predictable process with knowable solutions. As a result, the literature is characterized by a combination of great certainty and great differences of opinion. It is no surprise then, that students and practitioners confronting the mass of competing assertions about development 'truths' become confused and frustrated. ""Coping with Facts"" offers guidance for the perplexed through a penetrating critique of development studies literature. Rather than presenting a general examination of modern development practice, Fforde develops coping strategies that help readers evaluate the contending solutions to problems of development. Fforde cements his analysis with detailed case studies of development projects in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam where he spent over 10 years. Those eager to chart a constructive career in development theory and practice as well as students looking for an introduction to this vast field will want this book as a navigational aid for their journey.
Adam Fforde supervises and teaches Asian Economics and Comparative Development Policy at the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute
Part 1: Fundamental Issues:; 1) Why Southeast Asia is Important; 2) The History of Development as an Idea, Part 1; 3) The History of Development as an Idea, Part 2; 4) Contemporary Approaches - Disciplines and Viewpoints; 5) Contemporary Approaches - Measurement and Facts; Part II) Case Studies:; 6) The Philippines - "Intention Without Success" and the Search for Agency; 7) Thailand - "Success Without Intention" and the Search for a Cause; 8) Vietnam - "Success Without Intention" and a Theatre of Agency; Part III) Conclusions:; 9) Comparing Southeast Asian Development Policies; 10) Conclusions.