Pathways to Economic Development (Oxford India Short Introductions Series)

Pathways to Economic Development (Oxford India Short Introductions Series)

By: Amitava Krishna Dutt (author)Paperback

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This short, concise work examines alternative paths to economic development-with special reference to the Indian context-from a broad general perspective that relies on theoretical analysis and historical, contemporary development experience, simplified for the non-specialist reader. It first examines alternative meanings of development, distinguishing between the growth of income and production, poverty and distributional issues, happiness, and human functionings and capabilities, and assesses India's performance in terms of these alternative indicators. The book also analyses the main obstacles to economic development that have been identified by development scholars and practitioners, distinguishing between domestic economic factors (such as low levels of domestic saving and investment, inefficiency and stagnant technology, and poverty and inequality), international factors (such as international trade, investment and technology transfers), and non-economic factors (such as historical, political, cultural and social). Finally, it discusses the main strategies for economic development, reviewing debates about the roles of free market and the state, autarkic and open economy approaches, a focus on growth versus a focus on distribution and human development, among others, while arguing against a doctrinaire neoliberal strategy and favouring a balanced approach that pays careful attention to country and time-specific factors.

About Author

Amitava Krishna Dutt is Professor of Economics and Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, and Distinguished Professor, FLASCO, Ecuador.


Preface ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Meaning and measurement of development ; 3. Domestic economic aspects of development ; 4. International aspects of development ; 5. Non-economic aspects of development ; 6. Strategies for economic development ; 7. Conclusion ; References ; Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780198075394
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9780198075394
  • weight: 186
  • ISBN10: 0198075391

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