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Advancing Human Development: Theory and Practice

Frances Stewart, Gustav Ranis, and Emma Samman


The book provides a comprehensive account of the human development (HD) approach to development. It shows how it emerged as a consequence of defects in earlier strategies, especially growth maximization. The book investigates the determinants of success and failure in HD across developing countries over the past forty years. Cross-country investigations show broad determinants of success and failure, while country studies give detailed examples of the policies and politics of HD. HD is multidimensional, and the book points to the importance of social institutions and social capabilities as ess ... More

Keywords: human development, capabilities, social expenditures, social institutions, economic growth, poverty, inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198794455
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198794455.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frances Stewart, author
Emeritus Professor of Development Economics, University of Oxford, UK

Gustav Ranis, author

Emma Samman, author
Research Associate, Growth and Inequality Programme, Overseas Development Insitute, UK