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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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(p.24) 4 Development
Handbook of International Social Work

James Midgley

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of development over the last half century. It begins with a formative focus of development on economic issues and the way economic development was linked to national and global politics. It briefly reviews criticisms of the narrow economic approach to development and then discusses the reformulation of the concept to embrace a multifaceted process involving social, gender, and ecological dimensions. It examines the effects of neoliberal ideas on development since the 1980s and the challenge of persistent poverty and deprivation. Finally, it considers the achievements of development effort and challenges for the 21st century.

Keywords:   economic development, national politics, global politics, neoliberal ideas, poverty, deprivation

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