Kicking Away the Ladder – Development Strategy in Historical Perspective

Ha-Joon Chang
Level: advanced
Publisher: Anthem Press
Perspective: Institutionalist Economics
Topic: Development, Emerging economies, institutions
page count: 187 pages

Blurb

How did the rich countries really become rich? In this provocative study, Ha-Joon Chang examines the great pressure on developing countries from the developed world to adopt certain 'good policies' and 'good institutions', seen today as necessary for economic development. His conclusions are compelling and disturbing: that developed countries are attempting to 'kick away the ladder' with which they have climbed to the top, thereby preventing developing countries from adopting policies and institutions that they themselves have used.

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