Towards Genuine Universalism within Contemporary Development Policy Andrew Fischer

This article argues that the MDGs should be replaced by a re-politicisation of the mainstream development agenda, together with a genuine revival of emphasis on universalistic modes of social policy as viable means of dealing simultaneously with poverty and inequality. development_policy (Download the full text in PDF format) (This Article was Originally Published in IDS Bulletin  Volume 41, Number 1, January 2010.)

The Peril of Paradigm Maintenance in the Face of the Crisis Andrew Fischer

This paper addresses how Keynesian narratives are being used to reconstitute an orthodox policy paradigm in the face of the current economic crisis. These processes of paradigm maintenance need to be urgently addressed if the current crisis is to be leveraged for a return to a more progressive, inclusive and developmental policy paradigm in both the North and the South. Failing this, current orthodoxies risk being reconstituted or even reinforced, and we could find ourselves soon entering a new round of development debacles similar to those of early 1980s. paradigm_maintenance (Download the full text in PDF format)