Trade and Development Report 1981-2011

Three Decades of Thinking Development

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This publication identifies the key issues in the global economy and the design of development strategies addressed in the Trade and Development Report over the past three decades, tracing them through its various editions. It shows how ideas, opinions and proposals expressed in the Trade and Development Report, and the analytical approaches used, differed from those of “the mainstream” and their evolution in response to new challenges. This review revisits the concept of interdependence and explains the approach of the reports to macroeconomic and financial policies in both developed and developing countries. It also summarizes development policy failures and successes over the years.



Development strategies: Assessments and recommendations

Although the international environment for development has been the main recurring theme of the TDR, since 1992 the Report has also paid greater attention to issues relating to national development strategies. This has been in line with the growing interest in identifying the reasons for the widening discrepancies in the development experiences of different countries and regions. In analysing both success stories and failures, the TDR has pursued the objective of identifying ingredients for development strategies that have the potential to advance economic and social development in countries with widely varying characteristics.


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