Hardcore Peripheries

Ingrid Kvangraven, Farwa Sial and Carolina Alves explore the relevance of dependency theory today.

Why are some countries rich and some poor? Why is it difficult – seemingly impossible – for poor countries to catch-up? What is it that is particular to developing countries and their position in the global system that makes economic development difficult? These questions are at the core of an approach to development that came to be known as dependency theory.

Dependency theory is a family of theories that attempt to explain the uneven development across the globe. There is much disagreement within the dependency theory tradition regarding why inequality between countries seems to be increasing,

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Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven

Ingrid is a Lecturer in International Development at the University of York. She holds a PhD in Economics from The New School.

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Farwa Sial

Farwa is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. She taught economics and international development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and worked for DFID …

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Carolina Alves

Carolina is a Joan Robinson Research Fellow in Heterodox Economics at the University of Cambridge, Girton College. She specialises in macroeconomics, Marxian economics, and international political economy. Carolina is the …

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