Development Projects as Policy Experiments: An Adaptive Approach to Development Administration - Dennis A. RondinelliLondon & New York: Methuen, 1983, Paperback.
Condition: Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Previous owners' name to the upper wrapper verso.
From the cover: “As the development strategies of international assistance organizations arid developing countries have become more complex over the past few decades, methods of planning and managing development projects have become less effective. Professor Rondinelli argues that current planning and administrative methods have resulted in costly but ineffective analysis, inconsistency and greater uncertainty, delegation of important development activities to technical experts, and inappropriate and ineffective projects.-Thus, development projects rarely improve the living conditions of the people for whom they are intended.
This contribution to the Development and Underdevelopment series, written by a leading American development specialist, concludes that development administration must be reoriented to cope more effectively with uncertainty and complexity. Professor Rondinelli offers an adaptive approach that relies on adjunctive and strategic forms of planning, on administrative procedures that facilitate innovation, and on processes that join learning with action to yield more appropriate and effective development projects. His important and practical analysis will be welcomed by the international community involved in development aid and projects, by academics pursuing research in the field, and by students in development studies, development economics and area studies.”