Re-Envisioning Global Development offers an original
conceptualisation of capitalist development from its origins to the
Most approaches to understanding contemporary development assume
that industrial capitalism was achieved through a process of
nationally organised economic growth, and that in recent years its
organisation has become increasingly trans-local or global.
However, Halperin shows that nationally organised economic growth
has rarely been the case it has only recently come to characterise
a few countries and for only a few decades.
This innovative text elaborates an alternative ontology and way
of thinking about global development during the last two centuries
one linked, not to nations and regions, but to a set of essentially
trans-national relations and connections. It argues that capitalist
development has, everywhere and from the start, involved not whole
nations or societies but only sectors or geographical areas within
states. By bringing this aspect of historically normal capitalist
development into clearer focus, the book clarifies the specific
conditions and circumstances that enabled European economies to
pursue a more broad-based development following World War II, and
what prevented a similar outcome in the contemporary third world .
It also clarifies the nature, spatial extent, and circumstances of
current globalising trends.
Wide-ranging and provocative, this book is required reading for
advanced level students and scholars in development studies,
development economics and political science.
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