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The application of development economics: general principles and context specificity

Citation
Dow A & Dow S (2005) The application of development economics: general principles and context specificity, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 29 (6), pp. 1129-1143.

Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to consider the application of development economics at the methodological level. In particular, given the shortcomings of both the modernist and postmodernist approaches to development policy, we consider an alternative approach, drawing on critical realism, which combines the benefits of generality with the benefits of attention to specificity of context. The approach is illustrated by showing how principles in development economics addressing issues of globalisation and peripherality can serve to illuminate some of the causal tendencies at work in a developed economy such as Scotland.

Keywords
economic development; methodology; Scotland

StatusPublished
AuthorsDow Alexander, Dow Sheila
Publication date11/2005
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN 0309-166X
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Cambridge Journal of Economics: Volume 29, Issue 6 (NOV 2005)

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