The Process of Economic Development is a textbook with a story to tell. It discusses development from the colonial era to the present in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Encompassing a blend of classical development ideas and current theory, the book helps students gain the type of balanced picture disallowed them by other textbooks. A close examination of recent events is integral to the book, with discussions ranging from the environment to the debt crisis, and from export-led industrialization to import substitution, endogenous growth theory and technological capability. Throughout, the authors focus on income distribution, poverty, and social issues and the book has an readable style and format. Plentiful diagrams, boxes and user-friendly summaries, and end of chapter questions help the reader to grasp many-faceted topics. Building upon the impressive and popular first edition, Cypher and Dietz have pulled off that rarity in textbook publishing: a book which will leave students with a framework of understanding which will empower them to go on to understand a broad range of "North-South" issues and controversies.
James M. Cypher is Professor of Economics at California State University in Fresno, USA. James L. Dietz is Professor of Economics at California State University in Fullerton. , USA.