A Critical Examination of Some World Development Reports

  • Masudul Alam Choudhury


My objective in this chapter is critically to examine the salient features of some contemporary world development reports. I will try to point out how in them some central points of world development are being projected in the light of mainstream doctrines and ethical approaches. This will help us to build up a critical study of the recommendations and approaches adopted in these reports in the light of our earlier theoretical studies and in respect to the ethical concerns of equality, entitlement, poverty, sustainable environment, and social (distributive) justice. I will then go on to address the key points of these development reports from the ethico-economic perspectives.


Sustainable Development Capital Good Poverty Alleviation Critical Examination Relative Poverty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masudul Alam Choudhury
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  1. 1.University College of Cape BretonCanada

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