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Kicking Away the Ladder – Development Strategy in Historical Perspective

Kicking Away the Ladder
Ha-Joon Chang
Anthem Press, 2002
Level: advanced
Perspective: Institutionalist Economics
Topic: Institutions, Governments & Policy, North-South Relations & Development
page count: 187 pages
ISBN: 9781843310273


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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