Stories that Haven’t Changed the World: Narratives and Counternarratives in the Contemporary Development Community

Jessika Tremblay


This paper analyzes the arguments of six contemporary development experts who have sought and proposed solutions to extreme poverty. The paper argues, through the application of Emery Roe's narrative policy analysis, that though these solutions appear varied and innovative, they continue to be couched in mid-twentieth century evolutionist models of development. Two experts are singled out as offering original approaches to the "problem" of development: William Easterly and Amartya Sen.

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