It was great fun to discuss the big questions in development economics with Prof. Dan Banik on his podcast In Pursuit of Development. Listen to it and read more about it here.
I wrote a post for openDemocracy laying out how a dependency theory research programme can help us understand the global impacts of COVID-19. Check it out.
I recently published “Beyond the Stereotype: Restating the Relevance of the Dependency Research Programme” in Development and Change. Here is the abstract:
This article evaluates the relevance of dependency theory for understanding contemporary development challenges, especially in the light of changes in the global economy over the past 50 years. In order to do so, the article rectifies previous misunderstandings of the scholarship and offers a new definition of dependency theory as a research programme, rather than a singular theory. Four core tenets of this research programme are identified: a global historical approach; theorizing of the polarizing tendencies of global capitalism; a focus on structures of production; and a focus on the specific constraints faced by peripheral economies. While each of these elements can be found in many contemporary theories, what makes dependency theory unique — and a particularly strong research programme — is the combination of these elements. The article demonstrates how this approach provides a deep and broad understanding that is necessary to appreciate the persistence of uneven development with reference to two case studies, namely successful industrialization in South Korea, and how the fragmentation of global value chains has impacted industrialization in Indonesia. Finally, the article argues that approaching these kinds of cases through a dependency research programme can contribute to a fruitful renewal of development studies.
I recently had the pleasure of contributing a blog post to the excellent blog Progress in Political Economy (PPE), which is based at the University of Sydney’s Political Economy department. I wrote about Samir Amin’s legacy, based on my recent Legacy piece in Development and Change. Check it out here.
I had the honor of writing a legacy piece on Samir Amin for Development and Change this year. It will be a part of the 2020 Forum issue, but is already available for download.
In this article in The Mint, I explore the relevance of dependency theory/ies today, along with Farwa Sial and Carolina Alves. We also identify some common critiques of dependency theory and argue that these are rooted in misunderstandings about the theories.
Please consider submitting to this panel on the legacy of Samir Amin that I am co-convening with Maria Dyveke Styve (University of Bergen) and Ushehwedu Kufakurinani (University of Zimbabwe) at the Development Studies Association (DSA) conference at the Open University, Milton Keynes, June 19th to 21st 2019.
I recently published a review of The Global Political Economy of Raúl Prebisch (ed. by Matias Margulis, 2017) in the Review of Radical Political Economics. Download the review here.
An e-book I co-edited on dependency theory was recently published on the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s (INET) website. The e-book is the first volume of the e-book series Dialogues on Development and it includes 13 interviews with prominent scholars who have differing views on dependency theory.
Download individual chapters (interviewees in brackets):
- Preface by Professor Jimi Adesina, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa
- Introduction: Why Should We Discuss Dependency Theory Today? By Ushehwedu Kufakurinani, Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven, Frutuoso Santanta, and Maria Dyveke Styve
- Chapter 1: A Dependency Pioneer (Samir Amin)
- Chapter 2: Dependency Theory and Its Enduring Relevance (Adebayo O. Olukoshi)
- Chapter 3: The Relevance of Dependent Development Then and Now (Peter Evans)
- Chapter 4: Whither Dependency Theory (Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni)
- Chapter 5: The Caribbean Plantation Economy and Dependency Theory (Rex McKenzie)
- Chapter 6 – A Theoretical Revolution in Time and Space (Ramón Grosfoguel)
- Chapter 7: The Informal Empire of London (Andy Higginbottom)
- Chapter 8: The Political Economy of Africa and Dependency Theory (Patrick Bond)
- Chapter 9: Dependency Theory Today (Miguel Angel Centeno)
- Chapter 10: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same (Ian Taylor)
- Chapter 11: Dependency Theory Is Alive in Different Guises (Matías Vernengo)
- Chapter 12: Dependency Theory and Chinese Special Economic Zones in Africa (Honita Cowaloosur)
- Chapter 13: Varieties of Dependence in Europe (László Bruszt)