An Analysis of James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine

1st Edition

Julie Jenkins

Macat Library
Published July 5, 2017
Reference - 100 Pages
ISBN 9781912128600 - CAT# Y381225
Series: The Macat Library

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Summary

The Anti-Politics Machine (1990) examines how international development projects are conceived, researched, and put into practice. It also looks at what these projects actually achieve. Ferguson criticizes the idea of externally-directed ‘development’ and argues that the process doesn’t take proper account of the daily realities of the communities it is intended to benefit. Instead, they often prioritize technical solutions for addressing poverty and ignoring its social and political dimensions, so the structures that these projects put in place often have unintended consequences. Ferguson suggests that until the process becomes more reflective, development projects will continue to fail.

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