M. Neison, Edward M. Graham, Paul Krugman, Charles Gardner, Mr. David John Goldsbrough, Anand Chandavarkar, Mr. Joseph Gold, Maurice Scott, Deepak Lai, V.V. Bhatt, Michael Liplon, Richard Longhurst, Alexander von, and der Osten
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The general view used to be that development proceeded through a number of stages, along a linear path. Aid contributed missing components and thereby speeded up economic growth. A more recent view is that the developed rich “under-develop” the poor, and that the international system is biased against their development efforts. The poor should, according to this view, insulate themselves from that system. This article examines the validity of these views. The author argues that to achieve balanced, self-reliant development, countries should frame selective policies that maximize the beneficial and minimize the harmful impact of the international system.