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Strategic decision-making in development theory and practice : a learning approach to democratic development

Wilson, James Ralph (2004)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis comprises two Parts. The first develops a theoretical framework for analysing development policy and practice. A central argument is that a reason for widespread discontent with the so-called ‘Washington consensus’ is the exclusion of the majority of people from the governance of their development. An implication is that ‘development’ will continue to fail people until decision-making structures are altered to reflect the views of those that are seeking to ‘develop’. This perspective suggests the possibility of a ‘dual approach’ to policy that seeks to alter decision-making structures while working in the shadow of the consensus; a learning process of democratic engagement in development, both within and across localities. When extended to consider the contested theme of ‘globalisation’, our framework provides an analytical meeting ground for seemingly polar views, making a conceptual distinction between elite and democratic globalisation. The second Part of the thesis then advances and applies this framework through the exploration of specific issues and cases: the importance of communication for the governance of development; a specific case study of multinational engagement in local development processes; the role of ‘clusters’ in employment generation processes; and an analysis of the recent Argentinian economic crisis.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Sugden, Roger
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Business
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Appendix D was reproduced and published as an appendix to BRANSTON, J. Robert, SUGDEN, Roger and WILSON, James R. 'International Perspectives on the Prosperity of a Region: A Personal Reflection', in: Roger SUGDEN, Rita HARTUNG CHENG and Richard MEADOWS (eds.), Urban and Regional Prosperity in a Globalised, New Economy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2003.

Keywords:Economic Development Policy; Washington Consensus; Governance; Decision-Making; Learning; Globalisation; Clusters; Argentina
Subjects:HC Economic History and Conditions
HF Commerce
HB Economic Theory
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:115
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