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Alternative Development Strategies for the Post-2015 Era

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The global economic crisis of 2008-2009 exposed systemic failings at the core of economic policymaking worldwide. The crisis came on top of several other crises, including skyrocketing and highly volatile world food and energy prices and climate change. This book argues that new policy approaches are needed to address such devastating global development challenges and to avoid the potentially catastrophic consequences to livelihoods worldwide that are likely to result from present approaches. The contributors to the book are independent development experts brought together to identify a development strategy capable of promoting a broad-based economic recovery and at the same time guaranteeing social equity and environmental sustainability both within countries and internationally. This new development approach seeks to promote the reforms needed to improve global governance, providing a more equitable distribution of global public goods.

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International migration in the development agenda

One of the most conspicuous signs of the process of globalization is the increase in international migratory flows. According to the United Nations, there were about 214 million international migrants in 2010. In relative terms, this corresponds to over 3 per cent of the world population. The percentage does not seem exceptionally high, especially when compared to the proportion of other cross-border economic transactions. However, the social and political relevance of migration goes beyond numbers: migration involves people, with their social relations and capacity of agency.

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