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How Change Happens

By Roman Krznaric
ISBN: 9780855985974
The author argues that current development thinking uses only a narrow range of approaches to change and the result is that most development strategies are limited; excessively reformist and insensitive to underlying power and inequality and largely ignore environmental issues that confront our societies and planet..

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  • Synopsis
    Has development thinking become too narrow and specialised? Does it fail to draw on learning from outside the realm of development studies about how social change happens? This report presents an overview of approaches used to explain social change from a wide range of academic perspectives, from history, politics and economics to psychology and geography. These are summarised in a useful table, which presents a series of questions as a flexible tool for thinking about how change happens. The author argues that current development thinking uses only a narrow range of approaches to change and the result is that most development strategies are limited. They: are excessively reformist and insensitive to underlying power and inequalitylargely ignore environmental issuesoverlook the importance of personal relationships and promoting mutual understanding as a strategy for changefail to appreciate fully the contextual factors that limit changelack a multidisciplinary agility to draw on the broad range of approaches to change that exist outside the confines of development studies. There is a need for broader thinking about how change happens, so that we can be more creative in devising strategies and more adept at facing the huge challenges that confront our societies and planet.
  • Table of Contents
    Contents
    Overview
    Introduction

    1. Disciplinary approaches to how change happens
    History
    Politics
    Sociology
    Social anthropology
    Psychology
    Economics
    Management and organisational studies
    International relations and globalisation
    Geography
    Legal studies
    Technology and science
    Philosopy
    Ecology
    Cross-disciplinary approaches to how change happens

    2. The rough guide to how change happens
    The rough guide to how change happens
    The abolition of the slave trade and slavery in Britain

    3. Approaches to change in contemporary development thinking
    Market liberalisation
    Managed markets
    Corporate social responsibility
    International aid
    Empowerment
    Grassroots participation and social organisation
    Reforming the state
    Land reform and securing private property
    Changing attitudes and beliefs
    Endnotes
  • Details
    Sub Title No
    Author Roman Krznaric
    Editor No
    Number of Pages 59
    Format Paperback / softback