Saturday, March 29, 2014

Different views of development

This is an article by an Indian author, comparing the small-scale, unglamorous, yet amazingly effective model of development pursued in the state of Kerala on the one hand, to Karnataka on the other hand, which has embraced big projects, the private market and high technology, and the inequality, pollution, and repression that accompany this second approach. 

It is a contrast I've long wondered about.  In economic development, it often does seem that simple, proven approaches often lose out to approaches that are newer, flashier, yet less effective, especially when these less effective approaches have the potential to enrich a few interested parties.

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