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Crosscurrents: International Development, 1st Edition

By Mark Charlton, Paul Rowe
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Soft Cover
416 pages
ISBN-10: 0176104771
ISBN-13: 9780176104771
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st

Crosscurrents: International Development, first edition expands Thomson Nelson's already broad and successful Crosscurrents series. This text provides a stimulating collection of essays that teach students to think critically and analyze the main issues in International Development. Crosscurrents: International Development uses the extremely popular and successful "yes-no" debate format. Topics covered are both Canadian and from various international perspectives. All issues are framed with well-written introductory essays and post-scripts.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part I: Contending Perspectives on Development
  • 1. Are development and globalization a form of imperialism?
  • Yes: Henry Veltmeyer, "Development and Globalization as Imperialism."
  • No: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Globalization and Development.
  • Part II: Political Economy and Development
  • 2. Is the present trading regime beneficial to the world''s poor?
  • Yes: Martin Wolf, Why Globalization Works.
  • No: Robert Isaak, The Globalization Gap.
  • 3. Do fair trade networks create a fairer global trading system?
  • Yes: Laure Waridel, Coffee with Pleasure: Just Java and World Trade.
  • No: Gavin Fridell, "The Fair Trade Network in Historical Perspective."
  • 4. Can sweatshops and cheap labour benefit the poor?
  • Yes: Paul Krugman, "In Praise of Cheap Labour."
  • No: John Miller, "Why Economists Are Wrong About Sweatshops and the Antisweatshop Movement."
  • 5. Does outright debt cancellation ignore the real problems of Africa?
  • Yes: George Ayittey, "Smart Aid for Africa."
  • No: Moses Ochonu, "The Case for Debt Cancellation and Increased Aid to Africa."
  • 6. Are property titling systems the key to increased economic growth?
  • Yes:Hernando de Soto. The Mystery of Capital.
  • No: Alan Gilbert. "On the mystery of capital and the myths of Hernando de Soto."
  • Part III: Development and International Institutions
  • 7. Do current World Bank and IMF lending and aid models alleviate poverty?''
  • Yes: Brian Ames, et al., Macroeconomic Policy and Poverty Reduction.
  • No: Adam Davidson-Harden, "An ''empty glass'': How the Bretton Woods institutions help to sustain and exacerbate poverty."
  • 8. Do Canadian government foreign aid programs help to alleviate poverty?
  • Yes: CIDA Annual Report 2004-05, excerpts.
  • No: Dexter Samida, "A Hand Out Instead of a Hand Up: Where Foreign Aid Fails."
  • 9. Are the Millenium Development Goals achieveable?
  • Yes: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, "Millenium Development Goals: Why They Matter."
  • No: Michael Clemens and Todd Moss, "What''s Wrong with the Millennium Development Goals."
  • 10. Has the adoption of a rights based approach to development failed?
  • Yes: Peter Uvin, "On High Moral Ground: The Incorporation of Human Rights by the Development Enterprise."
  • No: Hugo Slim, "Making Moral Low Ground: Rights as the Struggle for Justice and the Abolition of Development."
  • 11. Has Gender Mainstreaming been effective?
  • Yes: Aruna Rao, "Making Institutions Work for Women."
  • No: Rebecca Tiessen, "What''s New About Gender Mainstreaming? Three Decades of Policy Creation and Development Strategies.
  • Part IV: Conflict and Political Development
  • 12. Will the Post-Washington Consensus really benefit Africa?
  • Yes: "Executive Summary," Our Common Interest, Report of the Commission on Africa.
  • No: Richard Sandbrook, "Africa''s Great Transformation."
  • 13. Is ethnic diversity an inherent cause of conflict?
  • Yes: Barbara Harff and Ted Robert Gurr, Ethnic Conflict in World Politics.
  • No: John Mueller, "The Banality of ''Ethnic War.''"
  • 14. Is democratization conducive to development?
  • Yes: Amartya Sen, "Democracy as a Universal Value."
  • No: Adrian Leftwich, "On democracy and development: a contradiction in the politics of economics."
  • Part V: Global Resources and the Environment
  • 15. Is the World Bank''s approach to Sustainable Development adequate?
  • Yes: World Bank, World Development Report 2003
  • No: Liane Schalatek and Barbara Unmussig, "The WDR 2003: A Strenous Tale of Missed Opportunties,"
  • 16. Can Genetically Modified Food help solve global food needs?
  • Yes: Gregory Conko and C.S. Prakash, "Can GM Crops Play a Role in Developing Countries?"
  • No: Independent Science Panel, "Why GM Free?"
  • Contributor Acknowledgements

Author Information

Madeline Poynter