The essential guide to the world's most influential development thinkers, this authoritative text presents a unique guide to the lives and ideas of leading contributors to the contested terrain of development studies.
Reflecting the diverse, interdisciplinary nature of the area, the book includes entries on:
* modernisers like Hirshman, Kindleberger and Rostow
* dependencistas such as Frank, Cardoso and Amin
* progressives like Prebisch, Helleiner and Streeten
* political leaders enunciating radical alternative visions of development, such as Mao, Nkrumah and Nyerere
* progenitors of religiously or spiritually inspired development, such as Gandhi and Ariyaratne
* development-environment thinkers like Blaikie, Brookfield and Shiva.
This is a fascinating and readable introduction to the major figures that have shaped the field, ideal for anyone studying or working in the area.
'Fifty Key Thinkers on Development is a stimulating and inspiring book... I readily recommend this book to anyone with an interest in development - whether academics, students, practitioners or politicians. There is something there for everyone and it deserves a wide and diverse readership.' - Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 28(2), 2007