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Reflexivity and Development Economics: Methodology, Policy and Practice [Hardcover]

Daniel Gay
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9 Oct 2009

Reflexivity and Development Economics outlines an alternative to the prevailing view of economic development, the revised Washington Consensus, which holds that the same development policies work more or less everywhere. Based on an open-ended view of economic knowledge which moves away from one-size-fits-all blueprints, Daniel Gay argues that economic analysis should vary according to country context. He examines the approach in the case of one of the world's poorest countries, Vanuatu; and a development success-story, Singapore, showing that that listening to the poor improves policy, and that examining the biases held by development economists helps tailor policy more closely to local conditions. This book is essential reading for those interested in development studies, international political economy, development economics and economic methodology.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (9 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230220169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230220164
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,503,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Daniel Gay has written a remarkable account of how detailed fieldwork, case studies and thoughtful study of the nature of and approaches in social sciences may interrelate to produce both richer and, at the same time, more modest understanding of the nature and application of development policies than have those, who, trained in mainstream economics, worked within the framework of the Washington Consensus. Gay's book has vitally important lessons for both development economics and economic theory and practice in general."
G. C. Harcourt, Jesus College, University of Cambridge

"This innovative volume by a promising young author demonstrates the importance of reflexivity to both the theory and practice of development economics. This is achieved by methodological argument, developing our understanding of the concept of reflexivity at an abstract level. But it is also achieved by application to two case studies, Vanuatu and Singapore. The work is therefore itself an admirable illustration of its own argument for achieving balance between general argument and attention to particular contexts."
Professor Sheila C. Dow, University of Stirling

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This book outlines a new methodological approach to development economics based on a view of economic knowledge as open-ended and subject to uncertainty

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I stumbled upon this book by chance and feel truly fortunate to discover this stimulating read. I will be recommending it to my friends. It is well written, insightful and full of intelligent comment. I would recommend this to all students of modern economics and international affairs. It should be on the reading list of all university departments of economics. Since reading the book I have heard Daniel Gay quoted in the Guardian and other prominent political commentry. Looking forward to the next publication.
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