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Promises Not Kept: Poverty and the Betrayal of Third World Development, 7th edition

John Isbister
Promises Not Kept: Poverty and the Betrayal of Third World Development, 7th edition
ISBN: 978-1-56549-216-5
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ISBN: 978-1-62637-686-1
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2006/273 pages/LC: 2006011625
A Kumarian Press Book
"A balanced, penetrating, and exciting account of why most people on the planet are poor, who has betrayed the promise [of social change], and what we can do about it."—Peter Mann, WHY Magazine

"A superb overview of third world development.... Highly recommended for general as well as academic readers."—Choice

"Continues to be one of the best short books on the subject of social change in the Third World."—Counterpoise

DESCRIPTION

The seventh edition of this perennial favorite includes discussions of major initiatives such as the Millennial Development Goals, changes in international politics and approaches to global terrorism following the US-led military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and updated throughout.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Isbister is professor of economics at Ryerson University.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • A WORLD OF POVERTY.
  • Five Lives.
  • The Third World.
  • The Extent of World Poverty.
  • The Successes.
  • Different Areas of the Third World Diverge.
  • The Betrayal of Responsibility.
  • EXPLANATIONS OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT.
  • Modernization Theory.
  • Dependency Theory.
  • Marxism.
  • Limitations of These Approaches.
  • Why Does Poverty Persist?
  • Assessment.
  • The Theories as Worldviews.
  • IMPERIALISM.
  • The Creation of the European Empires.
  • The Causes of Imperialism.
  • The Culture of Imperialism.
  • The Foundations of Third World Poverty.
  • The Population Explosion.
  • The Legacy of Imperialism.
  • NATIONALISM AND INDEPENDENCE.
  • The Origins of Third World Nationalism.
  • The Indian Subcontinent.
  • China.
  • Vietnam.
  • Algeria.
  • Muslim and Jewish Nationalism.
  • Islamic Fundamentalism.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Latin America.
  • The Nationalist Identity.
  • The Legacy of Nationalism.
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
  • What Is Economic Development?
  • Population Control.
  • False Paths to Economic Development.
  • Development in the 1980s: Waylaid by the Debt Crisis.
  • Into a New Century: Rediscovering the Market and Exports.
  • FOREIGN POLICY.
  • The End of the Cold War.
  • Foreign Policy During the Cold War: Globalism.
  • The New American Hegemony.
  • The War on Terrorism.
  • The Illusion of the North-South Dialogue.
  • A Constructive Foreign Policy.
  • Military Spending and Policy.
  • Human-Rights Policy.
  • Foreign Economic Policy.
  • Can the Rich Cooperate with the Poor?
  • THE FUTURE: JUSTICE IN AN AGE OF GLOBALIZATION.
  • Globalization.
  • A Hope for Partnership.