A Discourse on Economic Development

Kartik Roy (Editor)
East- West Centre for Cultural and Economic Studies, Bond University, Australia
University of Queensland, Australia

Cal Clark (Editor)
Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, US

Series: Readings in World Development
BISAC: BUS068000



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A Discourse on Economic Development is based on two recently published books by Kartik Roy. Governance Institutions and Economic Development: Emerging China, India, East Asia presented an in-depth analysis of the reasons for successes and failures of these nations’ developmental efforts. Economic, Environmental and Political Governance in China, Japan, India, Brazil, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam brought acknowledged the urgency of the need for countries’ political leaders to follow the teachings of Kautilya, Confucius, Ibn Khaldun, Karl Marx and Mahatma Gandhi and to make serious efforts to implement those lessons in practice. It is worth noting here Mancur Olson’s famous remarks that economic decisions are unlikely to be taken in the collective interest of individuals due to bargaining costs and the problem of free riders, unless they are members of small groups.

Such a coalition of self-interest individuals is likely to try to redistribute income towards itself instead of working to raise efficiency and national income for the full benefit of the entire population and country. Hence, the authors feel that it is more likely that in all democracies rather than in autocracies, members of the ministry will form Olson’s coalition of self-interest fulfilling persons who are semi-literate, have rarely been engaged in any income earning activity, and who are adept at taking recourse to dishonest means to fill up their pockets, as well as to attain glory, and who have no knowledge of the teachings of Kautilya, Confucius, Khaldun, Marx, Gandhi and other great men of the past. Likewise, they will have no interest in their implementation on practice. In this book, the authors have made an effort to create a synergy between the theory and practice in economic development.
(Imprint: Nova)



Part I: Development in Theory

Chapter 1. Emerging Development Issues in Continental Asia and the World: Their Institutional Implications
(Kartik Roy, Former Professor of Economics at the University of Queensland, Australia and Honorary Adjunct Professor at Bond University, Australia)

Chapter 2. Culture System and Development: A Theoretical Perspective and Conceptual Framework for Further Research
(Katarzyna A. Nawrot, Department of International Economics, Poznan University of Economics and Business, Poznan)

Chapter 3. The Gandhian View of Economic Development and Its Relevance Today
(N. T. Taglani, Department of Economics, Tolani Commerce College, Adipur, India)

Chapter 4. A Confucian Lesson in Development
(Rosita Dellios, Department of International Relations, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia)

Chapter 5. Recent Trends and Developments in Well Being Measurements
(Shweta Sharma and Yogesh N. Vansiya, Department of Economics, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Govt. College, Silvassa, India, and others)

Part II: Decelopment in Action

Chapter 6. China’s Eco-Civilization: From History to Policy
(R. James Ferguson, PhD, Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia)

Chapter 7. The Progress Made in the Attainment of MD Golals: A Commentary on Gujarat’s Performance in India
(Yogesh N. Vansiya, Department of Economics, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, India)

Chapter 8. Economic Growth and Human Resource Development: An Indian Perspective
(Sarita Agrawal and Javid Ahmed Khan, Central University of Gujarat, Punjab, Pakistan)

Chapter 9. An Overview of the Agriculture Sector in India
(Ashish Vasava, Department of Economics, Kachchh University, Bhuj, India)

Chapter 10. India’s Land-Holder Agriculture: The Case of the Sugar Industry in Gujarat Province of India
(Tvisha J. Parmar, Udhana Citizen Commerce College, Surat, India)

Chapter 11. Tribal Education in India: With Special Reference to Gujarat
(Yogesh N. Vansiya, Department of Economics, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, India)

Chapter 12. Higher Education in Tribal Girls: A Case Study of Mahila College Valia
(Ashvin D. Pandya and Ritaben Patel, Principal, Shree Rang Navchatan Mahila Arts College, Bharuch, India, and others)

Part III: Conclusion

Chapter 13. Lessons for Development
(Kartik Roy and Cal Clark, Former Professor of Economics at the University of Queensland, Australia and Honorary Adjunct Professor at Bond University, Australia, and others)


Keywords: Economic development, Gandhi, poverty, education, women in development

Audience: Academic researchers, policy-makers, graduate students

“This edited book builds upon Roy and Clark’s decades-long contribution to the study of comparative economic development. They focus on how “foundational” thinkers, such as Confucius and Ghandhi influenced views and cultural understandings of what is meant by economic development in their respective countries. A related focus is on how these views and understandings can be turned into concrete country-level initiatives to tackle persistent problems such as poverty and inequality. Besides appealing to comparativists, this volume should also interest anyone pondering the future of the developmental components of the Liberal World Economic Order. As the BRICS and their allies in the Global South increasingly challenge the inequality embedded in traditional development institutions such as the World Bank, we will need more insight into the ideas and cultural understandings that undergird their efforts to reform, reinvent, or replace this existing system.” - Stephen C. Ropp, Emeritus Professor of Political, Science, University of Wyoming, USA

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