Deconstructing Human Development: From the Washington Consensus to the 2030 Agenda (Routledge Critical Development Studies) (Hardcover)

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This book provides a critical deconstruction of the human development framework promoted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1990. Taking the Human Development Reports of the UNDP as its starting point for reflection, this book investigates the construction of this framework as well as its political function since the end of the Cold War. The book argues that the UNDP's discourse on development relies on essentialist philosophical, cultural, and political assumptions dating back to the 19th century and concludes that these assumptions - also present in the MDGs and SDGs - impede a full grasp of the complex and multi-layered global problems of the current world. Whilst development critiques traditionally relied on liberal, Marxist or Foucauldian theoretical frameworks and focused on epistemological or political economy issues, this book draws on the post-foundational and post-structuralist work of Ernesto Laclau and Jacques Derrida and proposes an ontological and relational reading of development discourses that both complements and further develops the insights of previous critiques. This book is key reading for advanced students and researchers of Critical Development Studies, Political Science, the UN, and Sustainable Development.

About the Author


Juan Telleria is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Researcher at the Hegoa Institute for International Cooperation and Development Studies, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780367489564
ISBN-10: 0367489562
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 10th, 2020
Pages: 134
Language: English
Series: Routledge Critical Development Studies