Review of [Asian Drama : An Inquiry into the Poverty of Nations].

by W. Wilcox

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A book review of Gunnar Myrdal's three-volume study of South Asia, particularly India. The research efforts necessitated a lengthy manuscript in order to encompass the developmental economics and politics of poverty in contemporary South Asia. The framework within which the study is developed consists of (1) the analysis methodology, a summary of reasons for the institutional approach, and a statement of values; (2) a history of South Asia; (3) the economic characteristics of the region; (4) political economy and government performance. In general, it would appear that the Asian drama that Gunnar Myrdal has analyzed is a tragedy because men can foresee the consequences of their predicament and have at hand the resources and ideas with which to forestall them, yet they will not. The book is a course in the developmental economics and politics of poverty in South Asia, and students of the subject are indebted to Prof. Myrdal however much they may disagree with his conclusions. 4 pp.

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