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Prebisch and Myrdal: pioneers of development in the core and on the periphery 
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Institute of Latin American Studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Global History, ISSN 1740-0228, E-ISSN 1740-0236, Vol. 6, no 1, 29-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The ideas on development issues of two 'pioneers in development', Raul Prebisch and Gunnar Myrdal, are tracked in their formation and evolution. The central role of these two 'defiant bureaucrats' in the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Economic Commission for Latin America (CEPAL) are used to reflect on the interaction between intellectuals and international institutions in different historical contexts. Both men represented a liberal-universal strand in development thinking. Their divergent conclusions and assessments of the role of international institutions are compared, and are related to their different origins in core and periphery. It is argued that such roots influenced two different approaches to development problems within the UN system.

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2011. Vol. 6, no 1, 29-52 p.
Keyword [en]
development, international organizations, Myrdal, Prebisch, regionalism
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Economic History
Research subject
Economic History; History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53110DOI: 10.101/S1740022811000039ISI: 000288101200003OAI: diva2:389892
Available from: 2011-01-20 Created: 2011-01-20 Last updated: 2012-01-26Bibliographically approved

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