20th Bradford Development Lecture with Dr Ha-Joon Chang
As we in the Western Europe are obsessed with 'green shoots' of recovery to emerge out of the most recent financial crisis, bigger questions remain on the received wisdom or orthodoxy of development and whether we need a new discourse. In this context, it is appropriate that Dr Ha-Joon Chang chose the topic of 'taking production seriously' for the 20th Bradford Development Lecture on Wednesday 26th February.
Video recording of the lecture
Pictures of the 20th BDL with Dr Chang
Some comments from the audience:
I enjoyed the lecture and liked his sense of humour and the connections he made between economics, development, history, politics and the real life. I will try to incorporate a similar style to my own presentations.
The development lecture was one of the fantastic events in its nature that I have ever attended. The talk was on a topic very much related to the contemporary societal situation and it was beautifully delivered. I have learnt new things and inspired me to attend such lectures more frequently. I am sure every attendee enjoyed it, and learnt new things.
I knew in advance that the content of the lecture would be really interesting, but I did not expect it to be so entertaining as well. Dr. Ha-Joon Chang definitely knows how to entertain his audience while also bringing across his message and arguments. While I was perhaps not completely convinced about his view on how a new development discourse should look like, his strong arguments did convince me of the importance of production.
A fascinating lecture in which Professor Ha Joon Chang makes the case for a return to a “Productivist” focus in the field of development. This, he suggests, means turning away from failed neo-liberal economic strictures for developing countries.
From a perspective of a developing country, somehow is it gratifying to know we have such high numbers of "entrepreneurs" - though they are forced to be it just to survive - and it puts into perspective how some initiatives can be better focused to develop the right skills and paths for people to achieve greater results. I also send congratulations to the team that organized the conference, very well done!!