Factors in Economic Development

Factors in Economic Development

Factors in Economic Development

Factors in Economic Development

Excerpt

This volume is intended as a kind of gladiatorial salute by one on the point of academic death and is addressed not so much to a professional audience as to that larger assembly of informed onlookers for whose attention and favour applied economists like to contend. As a gesture to such onlookers it is no doubt a little clumsy: the score of articles and essays selected for inclusion were written for different types of occasion, are reprinted virtually as they were originally delivered or published, and are, at times, obscured from the layman by a thick varnish of jargon and technical detail. Some have been written, as it were, in the margin of other occupations, without leisure to reconsider style, form or content as they took shape. Yet whatever their defects, on which my mind is concentrated wonderfully by an increasing awareness that it is too late to remedy them, they have the merit of dealing for the most part with issues of public importance in terms that are as a rule within the reach of public understanding.

In deciding what to include in this volume I did not aim deliberately at continuity of theme. I discarded anything more than ten years old, anything I thought relatively accessible, and anything that seemed too topical, esoteric or local in interest. This implied, for example, the exclusion of any article published in a British Bank Review. It also implied the exclusion of any analysis of Scottish economic problems. What remained after this process of winnowing, in which I was greatly assisted by the good judgment of Mr J. R. Parkinson, was the present collection of essays, guesses and addresses. Seven of them, as I write, are still unpublished, although of this seven all but one--my address on 'The Work of the Economic Development Institute'--are likely to appear while this volume is in the press. The items selected have been drawn from a dozen different journals and half-a-dozen symposia and have been published in five different countries.

This sprawl of publications might seem to destroy any prospect of coherence in the subject-matter. But in fact the collection turns out to be more than an anthology and to reflect a preoccupation with a limited range of related topics, all of them associated in some way with economic development.

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