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Title: Bursting the bubble : the pseudo- development strategies of microstates
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: Microeconomics
Economic development
Issue Date: 1993
Publisher: Development and Change
Citation: Baldacchino, G. (1993). Development and Change. Bursting the bubble : the pseudo- development strategies of microstates, Vol.24, p. 29-51
Abstract: Developing microstates are bountiful on the world political map today. Yet the concept of smallness, apart from being relativistic, conjures up a sense of deviation, indicative of a subtle discrimination which implicitly takes large to be normal and preferable. Based on an extensive yet selective literature review, this article suggests that the orthodox development paradigm, in both its liberal and radical traditions, has borne little relevance to small developing states, either in theory or in practice. On looking more closely at the survival strategies of developing micro-economies, it is proposed that a different conceptualization of ‘development’ is warranted; one which, for all its negative connotations, is both plausible and consistent with the peculiar practices of microstates.
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