Whatever Happened to the Third World?

A History of the Economics of Development

  • Peter┬áde Haan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Peter de Haan
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  3. Peter de Haan
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  4. Peter de Haan
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  5. Peter de Haan
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  6. Peter de Haan
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-324

About this book


How can the successful development of some former Third World countries be explained, while other developing countries have remained stagnant or worse, have deteriorated into failed states? This book offers a history of thought perspective on development economics and an assessment of development aid and cooperation. De Haan examines how the right mix of policies and evolving insights in development economics have impacted certain countries with the progression from low-income to middle-income, while it is still difficult to shift from the middle-income to higher-middle income stage.

Does foreign aid work? Due attention is given to aid philosophies since the end of WW2 and how (in)effective the implementation of such philosophies have been. With case studies drawn from the author's own 40 years' experience in development aid, this book is important reading for researchers and students of development economics, development studies, international trade and foreign aid.


Developing world Development economics Development aid history History of thought of development economics Middle income trap Third World Ethics of development aid Politics of development aid Economic geography of development International trade, globalisation and development World Bank East Asian Miracle Washington Consensus

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  • Peter┬áde Haan
    • 1
  1. 1.The HagueThe Netherlands

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