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Economic Development Publications

Global Development Goals: If at All, Why, When and How? (new paper)

New School Professor Sanjay Reddy and are publishing our paper on global goals today. We raise some basic conceptual questions regarding global development goals: Why have them at all? What function, if any, might they serve, and under what conditions could they do so successfully? Based on our answers to these questions, we identify serious inadequacies in the contemporary approach to development goals and relate these to weaknesses in how the goals were conceived and formulated. Despite these failings, higher-level goals may play a useful role if the practical approach to them is embedded in a holistic and integrated vision of a better world. Focusing on goals rather than targets opens needed space for flexibility, innovation, and fuller democratic accountability.

Download the working paper here (SSRN) and read my blog post on the New School Economic Review here.

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Economic Development Op-ed Publications Updates

Global Goals: For What? (Op-ed)

On August 28th 2015, Professor Sanjay Reddy and I published an op-ed on the Financial Times blog, BeyondBrics. In the op-ed we discuss the purpose of global development goals, as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are about to be adopted. Read a slightly extended version on Sanjay Reddy’s blog.

 

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Economic Development Events Updates

Comments to UN WESS report

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In February this year, I attended a two-day Expert Group Meeting at the UN in New York on the draft chapters of World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015. The comments are now online and you can read the meeting minutes here.