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Poverty and Development

Poverty and Development (3rd edn)

Tim Allen and Alan Thomas
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date: 23 May 2024

p. 31715. The Era of Development—A Short Historylocked

p. 31715. The Era of Development—A Short Historylocked

  • Tom Hewitt


This chapter is organized around the idea of development: what it has meant to whom and why. The colonial period at its end was the beginning of what has been termed the era of development and was the beginning of an unprecedented internationalization and the emergence of a global economy. By the end of the 1990s, there were few parts of the world left untouched by the process of globalization which occurred since World War II. The first two decades of the twenty-first century have witnessed splintering and fragmentation and what some would argue to be signs of the end of the development era. Meanwhile, 'intentional development' at global level has broadened to include goals to deal with almost all aspects of what some call 'global crisis'. Analysts of development have moved to examining politics, power, and institutions in order to understand the growing complexity of development.

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