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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd; 2 edition (16 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780325592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780325590
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.4 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'In a world wracked by crises, compromised institutions, and bourgeoning inequalities, Chang and Grabel provide a real, workable roadmap to a post-neoliberal future. Look no further - there are alternatives - and Reclaiming Development points the way.'
James Heintz, University of Massachusetts Amherst

'Chang and Grabel's book takes on even more salience as the world moves from the global financial crisis. The crisis has created new political economies whereby nations and citizens are attempting to "reclaim" their economies for financial stability, inclusive growth, and environmental sustainability. Reclaiming Development remains a key manual for those looking for a more balanced future. It also serves as an important source for arguments that can debunk reactionary efforts to use the crisis as a means to push an agenda of deregulation. Essential reading for policy-makers, students and those in academia.'
Kevin Gallagher, co-director, Global Economic Governance Initiative, Boston University

'This book is not only a superb antidote to the numbing myths of neoliberalism but also a cogent and stimulating presentation of the many possibilities for alternatives to neo-liberal economic policy that both theory and history provide policy-makers and students of development.' --Thandika Mkandawire, Professor of African Development, LSE

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Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at Cambridge University. He is the author of 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism.
Ilene Grabel is an economist and professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By le Welsh petomane on 3 Jun 2014
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I really like Ha Joon Chang's work, and have several of his books. And this book contains plenty of critiques on mainstream ideas and practices on development economics, particularly those that have come to dominate during the neo-liberal era, and is a worthwhile read.

However, this book is just a re-issue of the 2004 edition. The book description on Amazon's website refers to the 2004 edition but then goes on to say " Still, much has changed since 2004", and refers to the book as the 2nd Edition.

This led me to believe that it would contain new material on the significant changes that have taken place since then - particularly in the light of the consequences of the 2007 crisis. All we get on that is a few pages of Foreword by Robert Wade and a few more in a Preface by Ha Joon Chang. There is only one reference from 2004, all the rest are from 2003 or earlier (only to be expected, of course). I was hoping to get more up-to-date illustrations to bolster the arguments in the book. A lot of excellent material has been written on the subject in the last 10 years.

This is not really the 2nd edition that is claimed for it.
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If I was reading this around the time when it was first published, I would have given it 4 stars. However, although the original edition was well-perceived, this is poor considering the fact that it's merely a re-issue, that consists of nothing more than a foreword by Robert Wade, and an introduction by Chang and Grabel. This is disappointing because Chang and Grabel admit that they were 'overly-pessimistic' in their previous edition, yet feel no need to revise as much as a word in the main text. Not sure if the authors do this out of sheer laziness, or ignorance.
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By william battye on 13 May 2014
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well researched, insightful: a must read for all development economists and those interested in economic planning and seeing past the myths of development, free trade and the developmental state.
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