A pathbreaking introduction to the controversial, contested and deeply political topic of development. Written in an engaging and eminently readable style, leading authors invite readers to examine the political dynamics behind some of today’s most complex global issues, from rising inequality and social exclusion to the climate crisis. By confronting false assumptions and dispelling myths, the book challenges readers to see politics as not only the obstacle to development, but also the means to achieve it.
The Politics of Development is grounded in the everyday challenges facing people around the world in accessing the vital resources they need to survive and thrive. It illustrates the unavoidable reality that politics shapes who gets what, when, how; whether in family settings, local communities, national stages or global arenas. It provides readers with a clear roadmap for action centred on institutions, interests, and ideas, to better navigate competing demands and push forward profound change.
There are no easy answers to the politics of development – instead, this book provides the analytical tools to understand why getting development right can be so hard and how you can positively respond to some of the critical challenges facing governments, societies and citizens around the world today.
This text is essential reading for any student of the politics of development or Development Studies, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Claire Mcloughlin is Associate Professor of Politics and Development, University of Birmingham, UK
Sameen Ali is Assistant Professor of International Development, University of Birmingham, UK
Kailing Xie is Assistant Professor of International Development, University of Birmingham, UK
Nicholas Cheeseman is Professor of Democracy and International Development, University of Birmingham, UK
David Hudson is Professor of Politics and Development, University of Birmingham, UK