This book describes struggles of different countries and their development after World War II. It presents a panorama of different ideologies of accelerated development, which dominated the world just before the war and in the next 40 years. The author explains why in the 1970s global and local elites began to turn away from the state, exchanging statism for the belief in the «invisible hand of the market» as a panacea for underdevelopment. He focuses not only on the genesis of underdevelopment, but also on the causes of popularity of economic planning, and the advent of neoliberalism in the discourse of development economics. This book evaluates the power of state as a vehicle of progress and focuses in detail on the Soviet Union, China, Poland, Ghana, Tanzania, and South Korea.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: Leszczyński, Adam, 1975- author.
Title: Leap into modernity : political economy of growth on the periphery, 1943-1980 / Adam Leszczyński.
Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang,  | Series:
Geschichte, Erinnerung, Politik, ISSN 2191-3528 ; Vol. 16 | Includes bibliographical references.
Identifiers: LCCN 2016054980 | ISBN 9783631656365
Subjects: LCSH: Economic history–20th century. | Economic development– History–20th century. | Economics–Political aspects–History–20th century.
Classification: LCC HC54 .L395 2017 | DDC 338.9009/045–dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2016054980
This publication was financially supported by the
Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
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ISBN 978-3-631-65636-5 (Print)
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© Adam Leszczyński, 2017
Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main ∙ Bern ∙ Bruxelles ∙ New York ∙
Oxford ∙ Warszawa ∙ Wien
This publication has been peer reviewed.