Stimulus for the publication of an international resource book series was developed in 1980, while teaching and researching various topics related to third world development. Since that time, I have built up a long list of related resource materials on different subjects, usually considered to be very important for researchers, educators, and public policy decision makers involved with developing country problems. This series of resource books makes an attempt for the first time to give the reader a comprehensive look at the current issues, methods, strategies and policies, statistical information and comprehensive resource bibliographies, and a directory of various information sources on the topic.
This topic is very important because within the framework of the current international economic order, developing an effective economic integration and third world development policy is envisaged as a dynamic instrument of growth essential to the rapid economic and social development of the developing countries, in particular of the least developed countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Much of this work was completed during my residency as a visiting scholar in the Center for Advanced Study of International Development at Michigan State University. Suzanne Wilson, Mary Ann Kozak, Kathy White and Susan Costello, students at the University, provided much needed assistance with the project. I am thankful to the M.S.U. Sociology department for providing necessary support services and Dr. James T. Sabin, Vice President, editorial of Greenwood Press who encouraged me in pursuing the work and finally agreeing to publish in book form.
I would also like to gratefully acknowledge the encouragement given to me by Dr. Denton Morrison to puruse this project and Dr. Mark Van de Vall who has been an inspiration to me since my graduate school days.
Finally, preparation of this book would not have been completed without the contributions from Bela Balassa, Ardy Stoutjesdijk, Isaac Cohen Orantes, Dharam P. Ghai, Germanico