Studies in Political Economy of Development - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080224954, 9781483158167

Studies in Political Economy of Development

1st Edition

Authors: Ignacy Sachs
eBook ISBN: 9781483158167
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1980
Page Count: 330
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Studies in Political Economy of Development is a collection of texts that elucidate the various aspects of political economy and proposes strategies and plans to attain a genuine and comprehensive economic development. The book covers a broad range of topics on development planning, with particular focus on mixed economies. Chapters are devoted to the discussion of long-term planning on mixed economies; strategies for industrial development; significance of foreign trade; and a review of the principal forms of economic aid and its evaluation. The text also presents an analysis of the problems and policies of economic development and technology issues of Latin America. The final chapter deals with the political economy of environment. Economists, political scientists, and policymakers will find this book invaluable.

Table of Contents


1. Some Considerations on Long-term Planning in Mixed Economies (1968)

2. Industrial Development Strategy (1971)

Development Strategy

Overall Development and Industrial Development Strategy

Conditions for Industrial Development

Evaluation Criteria

Setting Strategic Goals


Matching Goals with Policies


3. Development Planning and Policies for Increasing Domestic Resources for Investment—with Special Reference to Latin America (1968)

General Considerations

The Trap of "Perverse Growth"

The Problem of Effective Demand

Market Allocation of Investment versus Effective Planning

Minimum Conditions for Effective Planning

Policies for Accelerated Growth

4. Levels of Satiety and Rates of Growth (1966)

5. The Significance of the Foreign Trade Sector and the Strategy of Foreign Trade Planning (1967)


The Place of Foreign Trade

Foreign Trade as a Barrier to Growth

Planning Foreign Trade

The Case for Foreign Aid

6. Forms of Foreign Aid—An Economic Analysis (1966)


Foreign Aid and Economic Development

Principal Forms of Economic Aid

Aid through Trade


7. Problems of Implementation of Industrialization Plans (1970)

Preliminary Remarks

Implementation of Industrialization Programs under Comprehensive Planning

Implementation of Industrialization Plans in a Mixed Economy

8. Transfer of Technology and Strategy of Industrialization (1970)

9. Selection of Techniques: Problems and Policies for Latin America (1970)

Introductory Remarks

A Peep at some Theoretical Controversies

The Latin American Scene

Some Conclusions and Suggestions

10. Technological Policies for Latin American Development (1971)

Why Technological Policies?

Fitting TPs into Development Strategies

Guidelines for the Study of the Technological Market

Transfer of Technology. How Efficient and How Expensive?

Supply of Technology to Agriculture

Effective Demand for Technologies

Shaping the Institutional Framework for TPs and Choosing the Operational Controls

11. Transfer of Technology and Research Priorities for Latin America—A Social Scientist's Point of View (1971)

Preliminary Remarks

Evaluation Criteria of Development-oriented Research

Some Priority Areas for Development-oriented Research

Strategies of Research

The Case for International Co-operation

12. A Welfare State for Poor Countries? (1971)

13. Approaches to a Political Economy of Environment (1971)

The Motives behind the Concern

Problem Areas

Suggestions for Further Research

Bibliographical Notes



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