In This Review

Human Rights and Third World Development
Human Rights and Third World Development
Edited by George W. Shepherd, Jr., and Ved P. Nanda
Greenwood Press, 1985, 380 pp

Most of the papers in this collection take issue with what is said to be the conventional wisdom on development; they argue that, far from being a strictly economic process, development can succeed only if economic change goes hand in hand with the extension of human rights. Many of the points are well taken, the treatment is thorough and the sources extensive, but the approach tends to be ideological, stressing the sins of imperialism (especially U.S. policy in Central America) and the need for revolutionary change and self-reliance in the underdeveloped countries-in general, thin on economics and thick on sympathy. A few papers (on China, on the West Bank and on refugees in Africa) go their own way without much connection to the rest of the volume.