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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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Two Prophets of Regional Integration: Prebisch and Adedeji

Two Prophets of Regional Integration: Prebisch and Adedeji

(p.323) Chapter 19 Two Prophets of Regional Integration: Prebisch and Adedeji
International Development

Adekeye Adebajo

Oxford University Press

Raùl Prebisch and Adebayo Adedeji are regarded as intellectual fathers of regional integration in Latin America and Africa. Both challenged conventional wisdom, championed the idea of home-grown development, and demonstrated a keen understanding of what regional governments would support. Their role, vision, and impact are placed within a historical context, to illustrate how individuals promote the implementation of ideas through institutions. Both Prebisch and Adedeji were public intellectuals who appealed directly to audiences ranging from universities to the private sector, yet they were ultimately tragic prophets whose visions for regional integration went largely unfulfilled. Nonetheless their respective leadership of the United Nations’ Economic Commissions for Latin America (ECLA) and for Africa (ECA) converted these institutions into intellectual think-tanks that addressed the acute disadvantages of their respective continents. They shaped these institutions through their intellect, character, experiences, and personality, creating new opportunities to disseminate ideas to the practical realm of policy.

Keywords:   Raùl Prebisch, Adebayo Adedeji, regional integration, public intellectuals, economic development, United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA), United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

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