I wrote a blog post with Surbhi Kesar for the Institute for New Economic Thinking on the Economics discipline’s lack of capacity to understand racial inequalities, based on survey data.
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)
Last month a group of us at The New School and the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Young Scholars Initiative working group on Economic Development organized an interdisciplinary and critical conference on regional challenges and competing theories of development. The Debating Development conference brought together professors and students from a variety of regions, institutions, and disciplines. Read more about (and join!) the YSI Economic Development working group.
Coverage and footage of the conference
Some colleagues in the YSI Economic Development group and I organized a discussion with economic historian Morten Jerven a couple of weeks ago, which was interesting and thought-provoking. The talk was largely based on his book Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong. Here are some reactions we had to the presentation.