Development as transformation

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20 Mar 2010

The best thing I listened to while the site was down was Ha-Joon Chang’s lecture at the London School of Economics (LSE) on the narrowing of the vision of development. Chang, a reader in development economics at Cambridge University, explains how development used to be seen as a process of economic transformation: modernising the productive structure of poor countries and consequently transforming their societies (see 9 December 2009 post). Today, in contrast, its focus is primarily on alleviating the suffering of the poorest section of the world’s population.

Chang’s lecture is available to  download from the LSE website and is also a free podcast on iTunes. An updated version of his paper on the subject is available here (PDF).