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Introduction to International Development

Approaches, Actors, Issues, and Practice

Fourth Edition

Edited by Paul A. Haslam, Jessica Schafer, and Pierre Beaudet

April 2021

ISBN: 9780199036431

624 pages

Price: £56.00



The most comprehensive introduction to international development, with chapters by leading experts who explore the field's most pressing issues and debates.

  • International coverage gives students a balanced and accurate look at international development.
  • Written by experts from a variety of disciplines-including political science, economics, sociology, gender studies, and geography-address the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of the field.
  • Historically grounded coverage of key development theories and the contexts from which they emerged helps students grasp the fundamentals of the discipline.
  • Accessible yet critical approach distills complex theories for students from diverse academic backgrounds while also being challenging enough to engage them with thought-provoking topics and issues.
  • Engaging pedagogy includes learning objectives, chapter summaries, and questions for critical thought to encourage students to identify and synthesize key points in each chapter.
  • Thought-provoking boxes explore major concepts and issues, helping students make connections between developmental theories and real-world situations.
  • - Important Concepts boxes highlight various theoretical perspectives and contributions from influential scholars, activists, and institutions.
  • - Critical Issues boxes present cases from around the world for students to analyze using theories discussed in the text.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Paul A. Haslam, Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa, Jessica Schafer, Formerly Assistant Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa, and Pierre Beaudet, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Université du Québec en Outaouais

Paul Haslam is a professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa. Jessica Schafer was an assistant professor at the International Development and Globalization program at the University of Ottawa from 2006-2008. She is currently manager of performance audit at the Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia. Pierre Beaudet is an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences, Université du Québec en Outaouais.

Table of Contents

    List of Boxes
    List of Figures and Tables
    From the Publisher
    Preface: A Word from the Editors
    Part I Theories and Approaches in International Development
    1:What is Development? From Economic Growth to the Sustainable Development Goals, By Jessica Schafer, Paul A. Haslam, and Pierre Beaudet
    2:Imperialism and the Colonial Experience, By Eric Allina
    3:Theories of Development Economics, By Pablo Heidrich
    4:The Critical Political Economy of Development, By Susan Spronk and Jody-Ann Anderson
    5:Post-Development and Alternatives to Development, By Aram Ziai
    6:Gender and Development: Theoretical Insights and International Commitments, By Rebecca Tiessen, Jane Parpart, and Marianne H. Marchand
    7:Globalization and Development, By Pierre Beaudet
    Part II International Development Actors
    8:State of the State: Does the State Have a Role in Development?, By Anil Hira
    9:National Development Agencies and Bilateral Aid, By Stephen Brown
    10:The International Financial Institutions, By Marcus Taylor
    11:The United Nations and Multilateral Actors in Development, By David Sogge
    12:Private Enterprise and Development, By Paul A. Haslam
    13:Civil Society and Development, By Henry Veltmeyer
    14:China and the Emerging Economies, By Jing Gu
    Part III Issues in International Development
    15:Debt and Development, By Joseph Hanlon and Tim Jones
    16:Free Trade, Fair Trade, and South-South Trade, By Gavin Fridell
    17:Democracy, By Cédric Jourde
    18:Climate Change, Environment, and Development, By Chukwumerije Okereke and Abu-Bakar S. Massaquoi
    19:Rural Development, By Joshua J. Ramisch
    20:Urban Development: Cities in the Global South, By Lisa Bornstein and Anne Latendresse
    21:Development and Health, By Ted Schrecker
    22:Conflict and Development, By Torunn Wimpelmann and Astri Suhrke
    23:Refugees and International Development Policy and Practice, By James Milner
    24:Indigenous Community Economic Resilience, By Wanda Wuttunee
    25:Culture and Development, By Nissim Mannathukkaren
    Part IV Practice in International Development
    26:Measuring and Evaluating Poverty, By Keetie Roelen
    27:Inequality and Social Policy, By Arjan de Haan
    28:Planning and Appraising Development Projects, By David Potts
    29:Humanitarian Assistance and Intervention, By Laura Hammond
    30:Ethics of Development, By Des Gasper


"There simply are no other textbooks worth using! I can't think of any that cover development studies so thoroughly. In my mind, the book stands out partly for its breadth and clear organization of that range of material, and also in being thoroughly rooted in the tradition of critical development studies, but without being polemical and while also giving adequate and respectful space to more mainstream approaches and ideas." " - Simon Granovsky-Larsen, University of Regina

"I think the book does a great job of piquing the interests of students who maybe are only testing the waters of international development as well as those students already ready for relatively advanced topics." " - Robert Aucoin, Queen's University

"This is a well-structured text with four key parts that are essential to understanding the multidisciplinary field of development studies: theory, stakeholders, issues and practice." " - Jennifer Hsu, University of Nottingham

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