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UNRISD Conference on Social Knowledge and International Policy Making: Exploring the Linkages


The Search for Policy Autonomy in the South


by Norman Girvan

This paper 's basic concern is with the need to conquer greater autonomy for the South in development policymaking; and to secure greater space for “own” diagnosis and prescription. For these to happen, the claims to universalism of neo-classical economics and neo-liberal policies need to be rebutted, drawing inspiration from the legacy of Development Economics. Social learning in development policy making is a crucial element in improving its effectiveness. A valuable supporting role can be played development partnerships based on equality, interdependence and mutuality of interest. Regionalism is proposed as another strategy for strengthening the bargaining power of the South vis-à-vis the North.

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