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Kicking Away the Ladder

Development Strategy in Historical Perspective

Ha-Joon Chang

Kicking Away the Ladder

Exposes the attempts by developed countries to 'kick away the ladder' from developing countries trying to join the economic elite.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781843310273
July 2002 | 196 Pages | 234 x 155mm / 9.2 x 6.1
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About This Book

The most important book about the world economy to be published in years.' —'Prospect'

A provocative critique of mainstream economists' sermons directed to developing countries… It demands attention.' —Charles Kindleberger, Emeritus Professor of Economics, MIT

This book is a joy: a fantastically useful teaching aid…a very necessary historical conscience in an age of amnesia.' —'The Business Economist'

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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. Adopting a historical approach, Dr Chang finds that the economic evolution of now-developed countries differed dramatically from the procedures that they now recommend to poorer nations. 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 counties from adopting policies and institutions that they themselves have used. This book is the winner of the 2003 Myrdal Prize, European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy.

Readership: For policy makers, academics and research students in the field of economic development.

Author Information

Ha-Joon Chang teaches at the Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Introduction: How did the Rich Countries Really Become Rich? Policies for Economic Development: Industrial, Trade and Technology Policies in Historical Perspective; Institutions and Economic Development: 'Good Governance' in Historical Perspective; Lessons for the Present; References; Notes; Index