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Rural Progress, Rural Decay: Neoliberal Adjustment Policies and Local Initiatives

Liisa L. North and John D. Cameron, editors
Rural Progress, Rural Decay: Neoliberal Adjustment Policies and Local Initiatives
ISBN: 978-1-56549-171-7
$67.00
ISBN: 978-1-56549-170-0
$26.50
2003/268 pages/LC: 2003003742
A Kumarian Press Book

"An inspiring, rich, and insightful book."—Cristóbal Kay, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

"The-high quality essays that make up this collection consistently argue against the callous application of neoliberal macroeconomic measures, as these are obstacles to equitable rural development. Exceptionally well documented and thoughtfully cross-referenced."—Thomas F. Carroll, George Washington University

"Effectively pops the bubble of neoliberal fantasy. It should be required reading for IMF and World Bank economists."—Nancy R. Forster, University of Wisconsin-Madison

DESCRIPTION

How do rural development programs, especially those run by nongovernmental organizations, cope in a time of structural adjustment programs and economical liberalization? Using Ecuador as a representative example, the authors of Rural Progress, Rural Decay explore the consequences of neoliberal macroeconomic policies for equitable development—and demonstrate that NGOs can make little headway in promoting "poor people's entrepreneurship" in what remains an essentially big-business-dominated economic and political environment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Liisa L. North is professor emerita of political science at York University. John D. Cameron is associate professor of international development studies at Dalhousie University.

CONTENTS

  • Rural Progress or Rural Decay? An Overview of the Issues and the Case Studies—L.L. North.
  • THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES.
  • Problems of Contemporary Development: Neoliberalism and Its Consequences—L. Lefeber.
  • Exploring the Links Among Global Trade, Industrial Agriculture, and Rural Underdevelopment—R. Grinspun.
  • POLICY CHOICES, POLICY IMPACTS: ECUADOR IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE.
  • Agriculture and Rural Development: A Critique of Establishmentarian Policies in Ecuador—L. Lefeber.
  • Endogenous Peasant Responses to Structural Adjustment—L. Martínez Valle.
  • Rural Land Conflicts and Human Rights Violations in Ecuador—L.L. North et al.
  • CASE STUDIES FROM THE ECUADORIAN HIGHLANDS.
  • Agrarian Capitalism and Communal Institutional Spaces—T. Korovkin.
  • The Contradictions of Rural Development NGOs: The Trajectory of the FEPP in Chimborazo—V. Bretón Solo de Zaldívar.
  • Municipal Democratization and Rural Development in Highland Ecuador—J.D. Cameron.
  • Externally Induced Rural Diversification: The Communitarian Experience of Salinas—L.L. North.
  • Endogenous Rural Diversification—L.L. North.