The Pursuit of Development

What does development mean, and how can it be achieved?

The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas, was published by Oxford University Press in May 2016.

The Pursuit of Development provides a concise account of what development means and how it can be achieved.  It draws on scholarly and policy debates to show how nations escape poverty and achieve economic and social progress.

The book identifies how our understanding of development has changed as the pendulum has swung from arguments for state-led development to a preoccupation with market forces. It examines the role of governments, international institutions, business and civil society, and explores how the notion of development itself has evolved from a preoccupation with incomes and economic growth to a much broader understanding of development.

The Pursuit of Development considers the evolving role of finance, trade, migration and other flows to development. The contributions that education, health, gender, equity and other dimensions of human well-being make are also examined, and Professor Goldin demonstrates why it is also necessary to include the role of institutions and the rule of law, as well as sustainability and environmental concerns.

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Reviews and endorsements

Lord Nicholas Stern, President of the British Academy, and IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, LSE:

“Ian Goldin has been in the engine room of policy and action in South Africa, a leading figure in the World Bank and at the head of one of the world’s most important research institutions in Oxford. This important book reflects the richness of his experience and scholarship. It shows how development can be fostered as well as the vulnerabilities, complexities and risks.  It is succinct, wise, well-informed, broad ranging and deep. It is also very accessible and admirable in its brevity. A splendid achievement.”

Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President of the EBRD and Former Permanent Secretary, DFID:

“I strongly recommend Ian Goldin’s excellent book – a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in development. He shows why some people and some countries stay poor while others get rich. This highly accessible book identifies what development means, why it matters and what we can all do to improve our world.”

Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, University of London, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and former UK Secretary of State for International Development:

“Ian Goldin looks at the complexities of development in our interconnected world and he does what so few do. He joins up the dots. Looks beyond the narrowly economic, beyond Government to people. To the important role played by social movements, by those in a broad range of organisations. And he tells us that we all have a part to play if only we continue learning. A must read.”

Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (2005-2015) and former Minister of Finance, Rwanda:

“The pursuit of Development by Ian Goldin could not have come at a better time. The adoption of Sustainable Development Goals puts a high premium on our understanding of how development happens at a time when the global economic landscape is undergoing seismic changes. The rigour of analysis and the broad approach to the evolution of thinking beyond the narrow economic approach over time is one which will greatly benefit the younger generation of students of development. I highly recommend this primer”

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals and author of The Age of Sustainable Development:

“Every citizen should be a champion of, and contributor to, sustainable development.  Ian Goldin’s book is a great starting point for understanding our current sustainable development challenges and future possibilities, including the end of poverty in our time.  The book offers a succinct, highly readable, and reasoned introduction to the debates and the data, from the vantage point of a world-leading development thinker and practitioner.” 

Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director, Greenpeace and former Secretary General, Civicus:

“Anyone interested in development should read The Pursuit of Development. Development remains the greatest challenge for humanity. Drawing on his remarkable experience, Ian Goldin looks both back and forward to address the remaining old and the many emerging challenges, including rising inequality and climate change.  I strongly recommend this immensely readable, timely and vitally important book”.

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