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.



Foreword by the Secretary-General of UNCTAD

UNCTAD was created in 1964 to address imbalances and asymmetries in the global economy – particularly in the trading system – that were constraining the efforts of developing countries to establish strong and balanced growth and development paths. I n doing so, we were forced to confront the monopoly of economic thinking that dominated many discussions at the international level and that ignored or marginalized the specific needs and concerns of developing countries.


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