Although the phrase "North-South divide" is not heard so much these days, the core issues which divide rich countries from poor countries in global politics are still very much with us. This path-breaking book offers a new way of thinking about these questions, grounded in the insights of global political economy and an interpretation of contemporary global politics as a contest between competing country development strategies.
"Anthony Payne rightly challenges critical political economy to embrace the development problematic as essential not only to understanding and to political and social action in our times but also to bring the theoretical tools of social science up to date."--Robert Cox, York University, Canada
"This book takes the study of what we used to call North-South politics into a new era. The range of issues covered is considerable, the analysis is always hard-headed and the tone is balanced and careful. Yet the inequalities underpinning the international politics of the contemporary world order are fully exposed for all to see. This is a book that deserves to be widely read at this moment in the world's history, 25 years after the publication of the Brandt Report."--Sir Shridath Ramphal, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and Co-Chairman of the Commission on Global Governance
"This extraordinarily wide-ranging and original book brings to an impressive climax Anthony Payne's efforts over the last few years to insert the study of development into the core portfolio of international political economy. He shows convincingly how we can use the idea of unequal development as a way of rethinking our understanding of global politics. Students and specialists alike will gain from reading this book"--Bjorn Hettne, University of Gothenburg, Sweden