Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745317984 Published January 2005 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745317991 Published January 2005 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Cultivating Development: An Ethnography of Aid Policy and Practice

David Mosse

Cultivating Development: An Ethnography of Aid Policy and Practice

David Mosse

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336 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745317984 Published January 2005 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745317991 Published January 2005 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Development agencies and researchers are preoccupied with policy; with exerting influence over policy, linking research to policy and with implementing policy around the world.

But what if development practice is not driven by policy? Suppose that the things that make for 'good policy' - policy that legitimises and mobilises political support - in reality make it impossible to implement?

By focusing in detail on the unfolding activities of a development project in western India over more than ten years, as it falls under different policy regimes, this book takes a close look at the relationship between policy and practice in development.

David Mosse shows how the actions of development workers are shaped by the exigencies of organisations and the need to maintain relationships rather than by policy; but also that development actors work hardest of all to maintain coherent representations of their actions as instances of authorised policy. Raising unfamiliar questions, Mosse provides a rare self-critical reflection on practice, while refusing to endorse current post-modern dismissal of development.

Contents
Acknowledgements

Glossary and abbreviations
1. Introduction: The Ethnography of Policy and Practice
2. Framing a Participatory Development Project
3. Tribal Livelihoods and the Development Frontier
4. The Goddess and the PRA: Local Knowledge and Planning
5. Implementation: Regime and Relationships
6. Consultant Knowledge
7. The Social Production of Development Success
8. Aid Policy and Project Failure
9. Aspirations for Development
10. Conclusions and Implications
Bibliography
Index

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