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An International Economy
An International Economy
By Gunnar Myrdal
Harper, 1956, 381 pp

While discussing almost all problems of international economic relations, the eminent Swedish economist, who has been for some years Secretary General of the Economic Commission for Europe, gives major attention to economic development and the policies most likely to produce it. The problem, as Mr. Myrdal sees it, is to "integrate" underdeveloped countries in the world economy and at the same time achieve internal "integration" of their societies, in the sense of improving living standards, expanding economic opportunity, narrowing disparities of wealth, increasing social fluidity, and promoting democracy. Unfortunately, much of the internal "integration" that advanced countries have achieved has been obtained by means that lead to international disintegration--a precarious situation.