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Shaping the Developing World

Shaping the Developing World
The West, the South, and the Natural World

Second Edition

January 2021 | 480 pages | CQ Press
Why are some countries rich and others poor?

Colonialism, globalization, bad government, gender inequality, geography, and environmental degradation are just some of the potential answers to this complex question. Using a threefold framework of the West, the South, and the natural world, Shaping the Developing World provides a logical and intuitive structure for categorizing and evaluating the causes of underdevelopment. This interdisciplinary book also describes the social, political, and economic aspects of development and is relevant to students in political science, international studies, geography, sociology, economics, gender studies, and anthropology.

The Second Edition has been updated to include the most recent development statistics and to incorporate new research on topics like climate change, democratization, religion and prosperity, the resource curse, and more. This second edition also contains expanded discussions of gender, financial inclusion, crime and police killings, and the Middle East, including the Syrian Civil War.

Part I Introduction
Chapter 1 Underdevelopment and Diversity in the Global South
Chapter 2 Human Development and Underdevelopment
Chapter 3 The Benefits and Costs of Economic Development
Part II The West: International Contexts
Chapter 4 Slavery and Colonialism
Chapter 5 Globalization and Neocolonialism
Chapter 6 Foreign Aid and the Bretton Woods Institutions
Part III The South: Domestic Factors
Chapter 7 States, Markets, and Development Models
Chapter 8 Economic Institutions and Informality
Chapter 9 Political Institutions and Governance
Chapter 10 Culture and Identity
Chapter 11 Gender Inequality
Chapter 12 Violence and State Failure
Part IV The Natural World: Physical Geography
Chapter 13 Geography and Development
Chapter 14 Environmental Change and Development

"Shaping the Developing World is the best text I've found for introductory courses in international development. It is well-balanced and accessible for all learners."

Matt Bluem
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

"An excellent and balanced introduction to the politics of the developing world that helps explain competing theories in clear detail."

Justin Lance
Presbyterian College

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