Critical Reflections on Development


While a number of societies have begun to lift themselves out of poverty, many more remain in what appears to be a permanent cycle of failure, inappropriate development and exploitation. Assessing this repetition of development failures, this book critically analyses some of the key features of conventional development paradigms, explaining why they have been less successful in addressing outstanding development problems and offering alternative ways forward. With contributions from development practitioners as well as academics, the result is a novel blend of theory and practice in critiquing the development field.
  • Palgrave Macmillan; March 2013
  • ISBN 9780230389052
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  • Title: Critical Reflections on Development
  • Author: Damien Kingsbury (ed.)
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan

About The Author

Damien Kingsbury is the Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights and Deakin University, Australia. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen books and a significant number of book chapters and journal articles on political and security issues in Southeast and South Asia, in particular Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka. In 2005, he was advisor to the Free Aceh Movement in the Helsinki peace talks, which ended three decades of conflict. In 1999, 2007 and 2012, he led observer missions to Timor-Leste's ballot for independence and for subsequent elections.