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The Dependency Movement

The Dependency Movement

Scholarship and Politics in Development Studies

Robert A. Packenham

ISBN 9780674198111

Publication date: 01/21/1998

In the first comprehensive scholarly treatment of dependency theory, Robert Packenham describes its origins, substantive claims, and methods. He analyzes the movement comparatively and sociologically as a significant episode in inter-American and North-South cultural relations. In his account, the positive intellectual contributions of dependency ideas, as well as their role in the costly politicization of U.S. scholarship, become evident and comprehensible.


  • A fascinating, relentless and extensively documented look at the politicization of the American academic community and what [the author] sees as its Marxist roots… It exposes many of the follies and hypocrisies within the Latin Americanist precinct.

    —Kenneth Maxwell, Foreign Affairs


  • Robert A. Packenham is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and the author of Liberal America and the Third World.

Book Details

  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press