The Myth of Development: Non-viable Economies and the Crisis of Civilization (Development Essentials) (Paperback)

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Face reality. Be honest about what is happening to the majority of people in Third World countries. The message of this courageous book is that the benefits of development, so long promised over the past fifty years, have not come about for most people. Nor are they going to. The necessary investment is not available and modern technology actually dispenses with labour rather than providing jobs for the growing multitudes in the cities of the South.

Many countries, and large parts of their cities in particular, are already collapsing into 'ungovernable chaotic entities' under the control of warlords and mafias. State-driven and market-led development models have both failed. Many countries are mistakenly called 'developing' -- they would, in fact, be better described as 'non-viable national economies' (NNEs).

What is to be done? The 'wealth of nations' agenda must be replaced by a 'survival of nations' agenda. In order to prevent increasing human misery and political disorder, many countries must abandon dreams of development and adopt instead a policy of national survival based on providing basic water, food and energy, and stabilizing their populations.

About the Author

Oswaldo de Rivero is a Diplomat, Ambassador (retired) with the Foreign Service of Peru. He has served in London, Moscow, Geneva and New York; as Peru's Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), to the United Nations Offices in Geneva and New York and on the United Nations Security Council. He graduated from the Peruvian Diplomatic Academy and carried out Postgraduate studies at the Graduate Institute for International Studies, Geneva. He is the author of: "International Development Law and New International Economic Order"; El Mito del Desarrollo; Fondo de Cultura Económica, México, published in English as 'The Myth of Development' by Zedbooks, London, United Kingdom, has been translated into French, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese and Turkish. Has written numerous essays and articles in Le Monde Diplomatique, The UNESCO Courier, as well as the written press in Geneva and Latin America.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781856499491
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: May 26th, 2001
Pages: 224
Series: Development Essentials