Socio-Economic Development

Socio-Economic Development

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Adam Szirmai
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2, 6/18/2015
EAN 9781107624498, ISBN10: 1107624495

Paperback, 794 pages, 24.6 x 18.9 x 3.6 cm
Language: English

Why are poor countries poor and rich countries rich? How are wealth and poverty related to changes in health, life expectancy, education, population growth and politics? This non-technical introduction to development studies explores the dynamics of socio-economic development and stagnation in developing countries. Thoroughly updated and revised, this second edition includes new material on the effects of the 2008 financial crisis, the emergence of the BRICS economies, the role of institutions in development and the accelerated growth of economies in Africa and Asia. Taking a comparative approach, Szirmai places contemporary debates within their broader contexts and combines insights and theories from economics, economic history, political science, anthropology and sociology. Each chapter includes comparative statistics and time series for thirty-one developing countries. Assuming no prior knowledge of economics, this book is well-suited for students in interdisciplinary development studies and development economics, for policy-makers and for practitioners pursuing careers in developing countries. Visit www.dynamicsofdevelopment.com for additional resources.

List of acronyms and abbreviations
1. Developing countries and the concept of development
2. Development of the international economic order, 1450–2015
3. Growth and stagnation
theories and experiences
4. Technology and development
5. Population and development
6. Health, healthcare and development
7. Education and development
8. Economic development, structural change and industrialisation
9. Industrial development
10. Agricultural development and rural development
11. State formation and political aspects of development
12. Cultural and institutional dimensions of development
13. The international economic and political order since 1945
14. Foreign aid and development
Author index
Subject index.