Sustainable Livelihoods and Local Development

Over the years, development theorists have tended to emphasize the accumulation of capital in financial, physical, or natural forms as the driving force of economic development and the state as the primary agency of the process. In this context, one might well define the ideas associated with these concepts, formulated in the heyday of development … Continue Reading

Development from Within? Southern Voices, Northern Reflections

Farokh Afshar, University of Guelph, OntarioGuest Editor I. The Theme, The Intent, The Process I suggested this thematic issue based on my view that Southern voices were inadequately represented in our development field.¹ Casual empiricism — reviewing the authorship of various academic journals including recent CJDS issues — appeared to confirm my view. Whether true or not, … Continue Reading

Sustainable Development

Henry Veltmeyer, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia With the United Nations’ publication of the Brundtland Report in 1987, the concept of sustainable development entered the mainstream of development theory and practice in regards to the relation between the economy and the environment. In the 1980s the concept of sustainability acquired a more distinct social dimension … Continue Reading

Social Capital and the Informal Sector

Henry Veltmeyer, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia In the mainstream, “development” has most generally been conceived of in terms of economic growth (increases in the gross national product — the total output of a national economy) and the transformation of the structure of national production; the first based on a process of capital accumulation (increases … Continue Reading

Economic Growth and National Development in Southeast Asia

Henry Veltmeyer, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia National development experiences in South Korea and Taiwan have long been the subject of diverse debates and discussions about the dynamics of economic growth, particularly in international development studies over the past two decades. The central issues in these studies relate to the existence of an “Asian model” … Continue Reading