Revealing the interplay between the development experience of poor countries and the evolution of thinking by economists, this book offers a retrospective appraisal of the development record and a prescriptive analysis of the urgent policy measures that remain to be undertaken.
"Written in a readily understandable language and is recommended reading not only for the student of developmental economics but for all who are truly concerned with the fate of our world economy and the millions who suffer from its underdevelopment."--The Southern Economic Journal
"Meier provides the most balanced overview and synthesis of the field available....Not just economists will find this book valuable, so too will political scientists, sociologists, and policymakers concerned with development who may have often wondered what it was that development economists were saying and why. Now in a scholarly yet accessible essay, Meier explains what what has been done and the long road still to be traveled." Choice