SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

The Development of Underdevelopment in the UK

Professor Colin Leys (Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University, Canada and Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

Date: 1 March 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 1 March 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

The development of underdevelopment (Andre Gunder Frank's account of the development history and prospects of the 'Third World') seems to offer (with appropriate changes) a quite effective conceptual framework for analysing Britain's situation today. The presentation will reflect on the significance of the fact that the problematique of dependency is not currently used by anyone working on the political economy of Britain, or perhaps by many now studying development in the global 'South'.


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The Development of Underdevelopment in the UK, Colin Leys

Colin Leys is emeritus professor of politics at Queen’s University, Canada, and an honorary professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has worked for many years on the political economy of development in Africa and Britain, and more recently on health policy in England. Formerly co-editor of the Socialist Register, he has authored numerous books, including The Rise and Fall of Development Theory, Market-Driven Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest, and, with Stewart Player, The Plot Against the NHS. In addition, he has published extensively in academic journals and the popular press. He is a member of the management team of the Centre for Health and the Public Interest.

Organiser: Professor Alfredo Saad Filho or Dr Feyzi Ismail

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