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Theories of Global Development

3. Contemporary Modernisation Theory and Neoliberalism

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Lecture

In this module, we think about how modernisation approaches changed after the Cold War and the influence of neoliberal economic ideas on development theory. In particular, we focus on: (i) Francis Fukuyama’s prediction in 1989 that the collapse of the Soviet Union meant that all countries would have to follow a western model of modernisation; (ii) the emergence of neoliberalism from the 1970s, and its incorporation into development strategies via the IMF and World Bank; (iii) some of the positive and negative features of neoliberal models of development.

Course

In this course, Professor Katie Willis (Royal Holloway, University of London) explores theories of global development. In the first module, we look at development as a contested concept, and at some of the ways it has been defined and measured. In modules two and three, we consider modernisation theories, their development since the Cold War, and their relationship to neoliberalism. In the fourth module, we think about dependency and world systems approaches to explaining different levels of development across the world. In the fifth and sixth modules, we look at sustainable development and the incorporation of environmental issues into development theory and practice, before turning to post-development theory and the critique of development as a concept.

Lecturer

Professor Katie Willis is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. She researches a broad range of issues related to migration, gender and global development. Her publications include Unaccompanied Young Migrants: Identity, Care and Justice (2019) (as co-editor), Geographies of Developing Areas: The Global South in a Changing World (2014) (as co-author), and Theories and Practices of Development (2005).

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Willis, K. (2021, August 23). Theories of Global Development - Contemporary Modernisation Theory and Neoliberalism [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/theories-of-global-development/contemporary-modernisation-theory-and-neoliberalism

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Willis, Katie. "Theories of Global Development – Contemporary Modernisation Theory and Neoliberalism." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 23 Aug 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/theories-of-global-development/contemporary-modernisation-theory-and-neoliberalism

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