May 2008, Polity
In this short overview of the field, Jeffrey Haynes adopts a chronological and conceptual approach to introduce students to the central themes and theoretical perspectives in the study of development. In particular, he examines the emergence and consolidation of development theory and explores the internal and external factors which influence development in poorer regions of the world. Haynes also looks at key issues which impact upon the success of development including globalisation, conflict, the environment, gender and human rights.
This book will appeal not only to students of development studies, but also to those interested in the politics, economics and sociology of the developing world.
- Chapter 1: What is development?
- Chapter 2: History of development
- Chapter 3: Globalization
- Chapter 4: Political economy of development
- Chapter 5: Politics of development
- Chapter 6: Religion and development
- Chapter 7: The natural environment
- Chapter 8: Human rights and gender
- Chapter 9: Development in the 21st Century: New issues and
- a high quality, authoritative introduction to international
development by a leading scholar in the field.
- clear, accessible and concise, this is the ideal primer for
students unfamiliar with the central themes and theoretical
perspectives in the study of development.
- examines the evolution of development theory and explores the
internal and external factors which influence development in poorer
regions of the world.
- looks at key issues which impact upon the success of
development including globalization, conflict, the environment,
gender and human rights.
- part of Polity’s prestigious ‘Short Introductions’ series.
Political Studies Review
"This informed overview focuses on globalization,
governance…and god(s). It identifies and examines the
proliferating range of increasingly controversial
‘development’ issues towards the end of the first
decade of the new millennium."
Tim Shaw, University of the West Indies
"Only recently have world leaders and commentators had to admit
that after four decades of their commitment to development the
world is more unequal than ever. In this balanced and comprehensive
overview of the field of development studies, Professor Haynes sets
out the principal issues involved, and relates ongoing debates to
current developments, while remaining clear and accessible
Peter Calvert, University of Southampton
"This highly recommended book brings clarity into the field of
development studies, particularly for beginners. It covers in
accessible language most relevant issues, from globalization and
international political economy to environment and religion.
Furthermore the book handles the essentially contested nature of
the subject in an impressively balanced fashion."
Bjorn Hettne, School of Global Studies
"One of the best works to have appeared in the field of
development studies in recent years. It is thorough in its coverage
of issues and contemporary themes related to development, it is
insightful and judicious in its treatment of the various topics, it
is of utility to both generalists and specialists alike, and it is
written in a style that is lucid and free of jargon. I strongly
recommend it to anyone interested in the study of
Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University