The Many Faces of Socioeconomic Change

ISBN : 9780198723349

John Toye
224 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Development is not a purely economic phenomenon; it also has a strong sociological element. The Many Faces of Socioeconomic Change explores how economic socio-cultural and political aspects of human progress have been studied since the time of Adam Smith. Surveying narratives of how development occurs, from early evolutionary models to recent types of development theory, it outlines the main long-term changes in how socioeconomic development has been envisaged through time. The Many Faces of Socioeconomic Change presents the argument that socioeconomic development emerged with the creation of grand evolutionary sequences of social progress that were the products of Enlightenment and mid-Victorian thinkers. By the middle of the twentieth century, when interest in accelerating development gave the topic a new impetus its scope narrowed to a set of economically based strategies. After 1960, however, faith in such strategies began to wane, in the face of indifferent results and a general faltering of confidence in economists' boasts of scientific expertise. In the twenty first century, development research is being pursued using research methods that generate disconnected results. As a result, it seems unlikely that any grand narrative will be created in the future and that Neo-liberalism will be the last of this particular kind of socioeconomic theory. With a broad scope of content and clear exposition of academic thinking this book guides the reader through the way in which the policy adopted as a consequence of modern theories has been less effective because of the neglect or a misunderstanding of the social context within which they operate.


1 Introduction to Ideas of Development
2 Evolutionary Social Progress 1762-1848
3 Development within the Limits of Order 1820-1870
4 Development by Imitation
5 Liberal Development 1925-1946
6 Colonial Development by Inter-Sector Labour Transfer 1950-1969
7 Development as Take-Off 1950-1975
8 Development as Economic Growth 1946-
9 Development as Doctrines Dounted 1951-1977
10 Development with a Human Face 1980-
11 Double-edge Development 1767-
12 The Last Grand Narrative of Development 1938-


Dr John Toye is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Department of International Development at Oxford University. He has an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and postgraduate qualifications from the University of London. He has directed research institutes at the University of Wales, Sussex, and Oxford working on development studies. He has also experiences of the public sector, the private sector, and international organisations including the British Treasury, a consultancy specialising in commodity prices in the private sector, and was the director of the UN Committee on Trade and Development. He has written seven books and many articles in academic journals.