Thorebecke-Evolution of development doctrine (2).pdf - Research Paper No 2006/155 The Evolution of the Development Doctrine 1950-2005 Erik Thorbecke

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Copyright © UNU-WIDER 2006 *Cornell University This study is a revised version of the paper presented at the 17-18 June 2005 UNU-WIDER anniversary conference, ‘WIDER Thinking Ahead: The Future of Development Economics’, directed by George Mavrotas and Anthony Shorrocks. UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions to the research programme by the governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Norway (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development). ISSN 1810-2611 ISBN 92-9190-939-4 ISBN-13 978-92-9190-939-1 Research Paper No. 2006/155 The Evolution of the Development Doctrine, 1950-2005 Erik Thorbecke* December 2006 Abstract The evolution of the development doctrine over the last six decades is analysed in some detail in this paper. The development doctrine is defined as the body of knowledge consisting of four interrelated components: (1) the prevailing development objectives; (2) the conceptual state of the art relating to development theories, models, techniques and applications; (3) the underlying data system; and (4) the resulting development strategy. The main contributions and changes in these four components are traced through, decade by decade, starting with the 1950s. Keywords: development, doctrine, evolution JEL classification: O10, O20, B20
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