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World Orders, Development and Transformation

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Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Eunice N. Sahle
      Pages 1-5
  3. World Orders and Development Discourses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Eunice N. Sahle
      Pages 9-25
  4. Neo-liberal and Securitizing World Order: Debating Transformation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Eunice N. Sahle
      Pages 95-108
    3. Eunice N. Sahle
      Pages 109-143
    4. Eunice N. Sahle
      Pages 177-193
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 232-272

About this book


The book examines how hegemonic development ideas and practices emerged in the context of the changing world order post-1945 and how this transformation was characterized by neoliberalism and securitization of development and security. Sahle also explores the rise of China and the start of Obama's presidency.


development global governance Governance neoliberalism transformation world order

About the authors

Eunice N. Sahle is Associate Professor in the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies and in the Curriculum in Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, where she is also Fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies.

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'What is really meant by 'development'? This question faces new light with Eunice Sahle's pathbreaking contribution to international studies. In unpacking the 'transnational development historical bloc' of the post-1945 era, she combines insights from critical race, postcolonial and feminist theorizations with the best of Antonio Gramsci. The result is a lucid analysis and critique, where the realities of the global South are not merely 'integrated' but frame the analysis. All serious critical scholars will want, and need, to read this book.' - Abigail B. Bakan, Professor of Political Studies, Queen's University, Canada

'World Orders, Development and Transformation proves without a doubt that the debate over international development is as vital as ever before. If its theoretical breadth is impressive, the empirical content is no less commanding: showing that this is the result of the careful and solid work of one of the most experienced development thinkers of our time. The analysis of the current conjuncture is simply brilliant, in the best traditions of international political economy. It shows, above all, how the growing securitization of development in the neo-liberal and war on terror age extends its pervasive arms even into the allegedly benign strategies of the Millennium Development Goals. The result of this 'securitization' is, of course growing human and ecological insecurity. Besides being a primer in IPE, World Orders, Development and Transformation renews the International Development Studies field like no other book I know in the past two decades. It should be read and discussed widely by scholars and students in all the social sciences and humanities fields who are concerned with the fate of a world undergoing fast global integration in very troubling ways.' Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, author of Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World

'Through the lens of Gramscian critical theory and Quijano's coloniality of power approach, Prof Sahle's exceptional book tackles core debates in development studies, international political economy, security studies and social movement studies. Her discussion of the role of the state and development in Malawi and South Korea, global governance, and the evolution of post-1945 development discourse takes us beyond standard strategies found in the mainstream literature. This book fits well within the finest work from Africa's critical intellectual tradition:

Rodney, Cabral, Fanon, Amin, Ake, Olukoshi, Mhone, Leys, and the like.' - Patrick Bond, Professor and Director of the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa