Some of the results and discussions in this book have appeared in slightly different forms in professional journals. In particular, Chapter 3 is based on "The Economic Surplus and the Underdeveloped Countries: Critique and Suggestions" ( Review of Radical Political Economy, Vol. 22: 214-230, 1990), additional information relating to Chapter 4 can be found in "Preferences, Technology and Population Growth in the Agricultural Household" ( METU-- Studies in Development, Vol. 19: 289-304, 1992) and the final part of Chapter 5 is based on "The Economic Surplus. Formation, Distribution and Role in Economic Growth" ( Social and Economic Studies, 1990, Vol. 39: 127-1 52)). Chapter 6 is a slightly revised version of "Surplus and Stagnation in Jamaica: Further Notes" ( Social and Economic Studies, Vol. 41: 45-66, 1992) and parts of the analysis in Chapter 7 appear also in "Struggle for the Surplus: Jamaica, 1970-84" ( METU--Studies in Development, Vol. 16: 127-152, 1989). The material is reprinted with permission.
I have had the opportunity of discussing various aspects of my work with a lot of people. In particular, Jim Devine, Ronald Findlay, Rajani Kanth, Victor Lippit, Mats Lundahl, Markos Mamalakis and Pan Yotopoulos have read and commented on various parts of the manuscript as have anonymous referees reading for Social and Economic Studies, METU--Studies in Development and Economic Development and Cultural Change. Part of the manuscript has been presented at the Third ASERCCA conference in Rome, 1987, at the 51st Americanist conference in Amsterdam, 1988, at the Eastern Economic Association meeting in New York, 1992, and at the Arne Ryde conference on The Economic Analysis of Law in Lund, 1993. In addition, I would like to thank SAREC, Stockholm, for a grant which financed a trip to Jamaica and the subsequent writing of Chapter 5 and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lund who granted me a three-month leave from my normal duties, which allowed me to finish the book.
I alone bear responsibility for remaining shortcomings.