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Humanising Development with Sen’s Enhancement of Capability

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Development, despites its deceptively simple name, has no singular discourse or meaning. To many, it refers to the growth of a country’s economy –...

What led to the rise in acceptance of the views of...

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An economy is ultimately built on trust. If society trusts the system, then the system will remain. In the latter half of the 20th...
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Eskom’s Implementation of the De Villiers Commission

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Come 1984, Escom (Escom and Eskom will be used interchangeably) was flagging. In response to protests against the electricity monopoly, then president, PW Botha,...

Comparing Developmental Paths in East Asia, Latin America and Africa

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During the 20th century, nations from the regions of East Asia, Latin America and Africa all sought to become globally competitive through industrialisation. Some,...

The Role of MITI in Post-WW2 Japan

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The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) had an integral role in Post-WW2 Japanese economic development. While it is inaccurate to have called...

Gershenkron and the Positives of Backwardness

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Alexander Gershenkron (1904-1978) argued that backwardness could have a relatively positive economic role in late industrialising nations. Backwardness, in Gershenkron’s sense of the word,...

State did not help Japan grow: Post-WW2

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While the role of state intervention and planning in the post-WW2 economy of Japan was influential, the successful development of the country cannot wholly...

Imperial Fatigue and the Disruption of African Colonialism during WW1

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Abstract Despite British and European colonialism only truly dissipating after World War 2, the Great War did see European colonialism and empire weaken dramatically on...