International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Development Alternatives: Practice, Dilemmas and Theory

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This paper argues that much scholarly work on civil society and alternative development has three weaknesses: it understates the diversity among popular organizations and their ideas about development alternatives; it pays insufficient attention to the economic dimensions of alternatives; and it understates the potential importance of the local state. Drawing on experiences from highland Bolivia, we suggest that a closer engagement with the dilemmas encountered in practical attempts to pursue development alternatives can suggest ways forward in each of these areas. Linking scholarly and practical work is thus important for theoretical reasons as well as ones of relevance.

Publication Title

Area

Publication Date

1-1-2001

Volume

33

Issue

1

First Page

7

Last Page

17

ISSN

0004-0894

DOI

10.1111/1475-4762.00003

Keywords

alternative development, development, Latin America, non-governmental organization, social movement

Disciplines

Development Studies | International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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