Elusive development [electronic resource] : from dependence to self-reliance in the Arab region /
Yusif A. Sayigh.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1991.
xvi, 270 p. ; 23 cm.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1991.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [247]-262) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-01:
Sayigh (a sometimes professor and advisor to Arab organizations) devotes the first half of his latest work to a restatement of the "dependency" school thesis: slow growth in the Third World is the product of the international economic order rather than any action by Third World nations, and development requires a large public sector rather than reliance on market forces. Few if any references are made to post-1980 literature or developments, e.g., little is said about IMF strategies for structural reform, the explosive growth of East Asian developing nations, or the collapse of European socialism. The second half is an old-fashioned planners' exercise, in which the resources of Arab lands are listed with repeated proclamations that the public sector must develop these resources. Little if any mention is made of profitability or the incentive environment to encourage private sector investment. Sayigh asserts that the predominant ideology of the region is pan-Arabism and so cooperation among Arab states is the wave of the future, an evaluation that may surprise those who lived through the Iraq-Kuwait war. Sayigh adds little to the arguments made by Samir Amin in The Arab Economy Today (London, 1982). A more realistic, readable, and detailed study of the prospects for Arab economic cooperation is the volume by the Centre for Arab Unity Studies, The Future of the Arab Nation (1991).-P. Clawson, Foreign Policy Research Institute
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Main Description
The oil boom prompted a massive flow of capital into the Arab countries of the world. While the investment this facilitated had clear benefits for the region, the developmental achievements of the boom decade are unable to match the magnitude of the resources directed to the development and the reasonable expectations invested in it. Yusif Sayigh draws a powerful and painful lesson from this experience which is applicable to other areas: Development cannot be bought. It must instead be soundly oriented and sought with resolve by society's leadership and by a people enjoying a large measure of freedom and political participation. InElusive Development, the author examines the historical factors which still affect Third World countries: colonial legacies and heavy dependence on the developed world for assets, technology, and thought. Sayigh rejects some aspects of dependency theory, and goes on to outline a powerful alternative collective self-reliance. In conclusion, he discussesthe conditions necessary for self-reliance to be feasible, and the dynamics and machinery required for its success.
Main Description
Why do massive inflows of capital so rarely achieve lasting development in the Third World? This study of the Arab region's oil boom argues that self-reliance and social policy are just as central to sustained economic progress.
Table of Contents
Expectations and the Frustrated Pursuit of Development
The Dependency Paradigm: Promise, Limitations, and Qualifications
What is Self-Reliant Development?
The Feasibility of Arab Self-Reliant Development: A Case Study
The Dynamics and Machinery of Arab Self-Reliant Development
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