Understanding Development
Understanding Development, 2nd Edition

Understanding Development offers a comprehensive introduction to the multidimensional and evolving nature of international development in the contemporary world.  This new edition has been fully revised and expanded to incorporate the key events, trends and debates that are shaping development today, such as humanitarianism and the global refugee crisis, the growing number of fragile states, and the contested nature of trade and trade deals.  Building on the book's original framework, the second edition also includes three new chapters which explore development in relation to global policy formation, focusing on the end of the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and the start of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which will run until 2030. 

Designed to offer something different to the standard introductions to the topic, this issues-driven text examines the debates that have generated the most interest and passion among practitioners and non-practitioners alike. Always attentive to the contested and plural nature of the field, it makes the case for a genuinely interdisciplinary approach which takes full account of the impact of globalization. Both wide-ranging and critical, Understanding Development is the essential student guide to one of the most challenging subjects of our age.

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  • March 2018
  • 388 pages
  • 170 x 244 mm / 7 x 10 in
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Table of Contents
Acronyms and Abbreviations
List of Boxes
List of Figures
Introduction: Understanding development
· A brief history of development
· Development and the United Nations system
· Conceptualizing development
Chapter 1: Theorizing development
· From three worlds to the North-South divide
· The major economic approaches to development
· The East Asian ‘miracle’
Chapter 2: Approaching development
· Culture and development
· Anthropology and development
· Post-development perspectives
Chapter 3: Health, education and population
· Population and development
· Health and development
· Education and development
Chapter 4: Gender and development
· A brief history of gender and development
· Women and development
· Gender and development: critical debates
· Gender and development: future trajectories
Chapter 5: Conflict, security and development
· The merging of development and security
· Fragile and failing states
· Human security
· Peace-keeping
· Post-conflict development
· The reform of the United Nations system
Chapter 6: Trade and development
· The free trade debate
· Fair trade and development
· The WTO and the World Trading System
· Trade and development: a complex relationship
Chapter 7: Participation in development
· Participatory development
· NGOs and development
· International institutions and representation
· Civil society, social capital and development
Chapter 8: Financing development: foreign aid and debt
· The debt crisis in the developing world
· Dealing with debt
· Foreign aid
· Does aid work?
· The G8 Gleneagles agreement
· Enhancing the effectiveness of aid
· Global development co-operation
Chapter 9: Sustainable development
· Development and the global environment
· Globalization, development and the environment
· Global governance and the environment
· Sustainable development
Chapter 10: Globalization and development
· Approaching globalization
· Globalization and the developmental state
· Globalization and development
· Globalization and the network society
· Global cities and uneven development
Chapter 11: Migration, displacement and humanitarianism
· Displacement, development and the refugee crisis
· Humanitarianism and development
· Migration, remittances and development
Chapter 12: The UN Millennium Development Goals
· The UN Millennium Development Goals
· Criticism of the UN Millennium Development Goals
· UN Millennium Development Goals: the achievements
· How effective were the UN Millennium Development Goals?
Chapter 13: The UN Sustainable Development Goals
· The formation of the Sustainable Development Goals
· The Sustainable Development Goals: critical perspectives
· The need for a data revolution
· Financing the Sustainable Development Goals
· The prospects for the Sustainable Development Goals
Conclusion: Development – future trajectories
· What has development actually achieved?
· In defence of development
· Development: future trajectories
References and Bibliography
About the Author

Dr Paul Hopper lectures in humanities, with a research focus on the politics and cultures of globalisation, at the University of Brighton.

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"With three new chapters, this revised and updated edition of Understanding Development is essential reading for anyone wishing to explore the intersection of development, globalization and politics in the contemporary world. Paul Hopper offers an interdisciplinary perspective on vital themes, from poverty to international migration and humanitarianism, drawing from a range of academic and policy materials."
Gareth Jones, London School of Economics
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