International Development in a Changing World introduces key issues, debates and ideas about development in the 21st century. Uniquely interweaving international relations and development studies, the authorial team examines the contested concepts of poverty, inequality and livelihood, and the emergence of 'new powers' that will affect the architecture of international development. Themes of power and agency, history and scale integrate the many stories of development covered in the book, highlighting development as a complex process of change and interaction between people as well as between people and institutions, including governments and non-governmental organizations. Interdisciplinary in character, the book incorporates theories and tools from across the social sciences to provide a more holistic understanding of the social, economic and political transformations involved than most textbooks in the field can offer. Chapters are designed to inform policy and practice, moving from the theoretical to look closely, using a series of case studies, at the deliberate actions of people to improve their livelihoods, communities and societies.
International Development in a Changing World is the first of two books in The Open University's International Development series. Whether used as a stand-alone text, or alongside its companion text: New Perspectives in International Development, this is an ideal introduction to the field for students of International Development, International Relations, Global Politics and Global Social Policy.
Theo Papaioannou is Senior Lecturer in the Development Policy and Practice Group, The Open University, UK. His previous books include (with Catherine Lyall and James Smith) The Limits to Governance (2009). Melissa Butcher is Lecturer in the Department of Geography, The Open University, UK. Her previous books include Managing Cultural Change: Reclaiming Synchronicity in a Mobile World (2011).
Introduction Introducing International Development Contesting Development in Theory and Practice Rising Powers Change, Politics and the International System The Rising Powers as Drivers of Development Spaces of Development: Cities, Mobilities and Ecologies The Role of Transnational Corporations Thinking about Poverty Inequality Culture, Livelihoods and Making a Living Interventions to Promote Livelihoods Acting Internationally to Reduce Poverty? Aid, Agency and Power Conclusion
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