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624 pp.
90 photos; 36 figures; 5 maps; 21 tables, 8" x 10"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Introduction to International Development

Approaches, Actors, Issues, and Practice, Fourth Edition

Edited by Paul A. Haslam, Jessica Schafer and Pierre Beaudet

The most comprehensive introduction to international development, with chapters by leading experts who explore the field's most pressing issues and debates.

Introduction to International Development is a collection of contributed chapters comprised of original essays by leading experts from a variety of disciplines. With four new chapters and the most up-to-date content on the global COVID-19 pandemic, this fully revised edition continues to give students a foundational overview to the field as well as in-depth coverage of issues at the heart of today's most pressing international debates.

Readership : A core text for undergraduate International Development Studies courses at universities.


  • "There simply are no other textbooks worth using! I can't think of any that cover development studies so thoroughly. In my mind, the book stands out partly for its breadth and clear organization of that range of material, and also in being thoroughly rooted in the tradition of critical development studies, but without being polemical and while also giving adequate and respectful space to more mainstream approaches and ideas."
    --Simon Granovsky-Larsen, University of Regina

  • "I think the book does a great job of piquing the interests of students who maybe are only testing the waters of international development as well as those students already ready for relatively advanced topics."
    --Robert Aucoin, Queen's University

  • "This is a well-structured text with four key parts that are essential to understanding the multidisciplinary field of development studies: theory, stakeholders, issues and practice."
    --Jennifer Hsu, University of Nottingham

List of Boxes
List of Figures and Tables
From the Publisher
Preface: A Word from the Editors
Part I Theories and Approaches in International Development
1. What is Development? From Economic Growth to the Sustainable Development Goals, By Jessica Schafer, Paul A. Haslam, and Pierre Beaudet
2. Imperialism and the Colonial Experience, By Eric Allina
3. Theories of Development Economics, By Pablo Heidrich
4. The Critical Political Economy of Development, By Susan Spronk and Jody-Ann Anderson
5. Post-Development and Alternatives to Development, By Aram Ziai
6. Gender and Development: Theoretical Insights and International Commitments, By Rebecca Tiessen, Jane Parpart, and Marianne H. Marchand
7. Globalization and Development, By Pierre Beaudet
Part II International Development Actors
8. State of the State: Does the State Have a Role in Development?, By Anil Hira
9. National Development Agencies and Bilateral Aid, By Stephen Brown
10. The International Financial Institutions, By Marcus Taylor
11. The United Nations and Multilateral Actors in Development, By David Sogge
12. Private Enterprise and Development, By Paul A. Haslam
13. Civil Society and Development, By Henry Veltmeyer
14. China and the Emerging Economies, By Jing Gu
Part III Issues in International Development
15. Debt and Development, By Joseph Hanlon and Tim Jones
16. Free Trade, Fair Trade, and South-South Trade, By Gavin Fridell
17. Democracy, By Cédric Jourde
18. Climate Change, Environment, and Development, By Chukwumerije Okereke and Abu-Bakar S. Massaquoi
19. Rural Development, By Joshua J. Ramisch
20. Urban Development: Cities in the Global South, By Lisa Bornstein and Anne Latendresse
21. Development and Health, By Ted Schrecker
22. Conflict and Development, By Torunn Wimpelmann and Astri Suhrke
23. Refugees and International Development Policy and Practice, By James Milner
24. Indigenous Community Economic Resilience, By Wanda Wuttunee
25. Culture and Development, By Nissim Mannathukkaren
Part IV Practice in International Development
26. Measuring and Evaluating Poverty, By Keetie Roelen
27. Inequality and Social Policy, By Arjan de Haan
28. Planning and Appraising Development Projects, By David Potts
29. Humanitarian Assistance and Intervention, By Laura Hammond
30. Ethics of Development, By Des Gasper

Instructor's Manual:
For each chapter:
- Learning objectives
- Chapter overview
- Key terms and concepts
- 7-10 discussion or debate ideas
- 7-10 recommended films and news clips
- 7-10 further readings
PowerPoint Slides:
For each chapter:
- 25-40 slides
Test Bank:
For each chapter:
- 35-37 multiple-choice questions
- 35-37 true-or-false questions
- 22-25 short-answer questions
- 4-5 essay questions per chapter
- Answer key for all questions
Student Study Guide:
For each chapter:
- Learning objectives
- Flashcards
- Chapter summary
- Key terms and concepts
- 10-12 video resources
- 10-12 review questions
- Answer key to review questions
- Self-Grading Quizzes
-- 20-25 multiple choice
-- 20-25 true-or-false
Image Bank:
- All figures, tables, and images from the text
Online Appendix
Chapter 28: Planning & Appraising Projects
David Potts, University of Bradford
Online Chapters
From previous edition:
- Theories of Development, by Radhika Desai
- Information Technologies and Development, by Erwin A. Alampay
- Understanding Global Poverty Reduction: Ideas, Actors, and Institutions, by David Hulme and Sophie King

Paul Haslam is a professor in the School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa.

Jessica Schafer was an assistant professor at the International Development and Globalization program at the University of Ottawa from 2006-2008. She is currently manager of performance audit at the Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia.

Pierre Beaudet is an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences, Université du Québec en Outaouais.

Politics in the Developing World - Edited by Peter Burnell, Vicky Randall and Lise Rakner
Introduction to International Studies - Brian Orend
Poverty and Development - Edited by Tim Allen and Alan Thomas
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese

Special Features

  • International coverage gives students a balanced and accurate look at international development.
  • Written by experts from a variety of disciplines-including political science, economics, sociology, gender studies, and geography-address the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of the field.
  • Historically grounded coverage of key development theories and the contexts from which they emerged helps students grasp the fundamentals of the discipline.
  • Accessible yet critical approach distills complex theories for students from diverse academic backgrounds while also being challenging enough to engage them with thought-provoking topics and issues.
  • Engaging pedagogy includes learning objectives, chapter summaries, and questions for critical thought to encourage students to identify and synthesize key points in each chapter.
  • Thought-provoking boxes explore major concepts and issues, helping students make connections between developmental theories and real-world situations.
  • - Important Concepts boxes highlight various theoretical perspectives and contributions from influential scholars, activists, and institutions.
  • - Critical Issues boxes present cases from around the world for students to analyze using theories discussed in the text.
New to this Edition
  • New coverage of the COVID-19 crisis includes discussion of the impact of the pandemic on global supply chains (Ch. 12), on global debt (Ch. 15), and on vulnerable groups and front-line occupations (Ch. 27).
  • Four new chapters provide coverage of key topics such as theories of development economics (Ch. 3), the critical political economy of development (Ch. 4), refugees and international development (Ch. 23), and economic resilience in Indigenous communities within Canada (Ch. 24).
  • New coverage of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals throughout the text helps students understand the global call to action to end extreme poverty while engaging in strategies that improve health and education, foster economic growth, and tackle climate change.
  • New part introductions explain the goals of the chapter groupings and the links between them.