Human Development in Iraq
Routledge – 2012 – 216 pages
This systematic evaluation of Iraq’s political economy and human development offers a complex and sophisticated analysis of Iraq’s recent history. Focusing on the period from 1950 up to the Gulf war in 1990, the book brings an understanding of how development has been shaped or constrained in this much misunderstood country.
The author employs the human development paradigm to link human development and human rights to the analysis of political economy. The resulting scholarship, on income and investment, education and health, the status of women, and human rights, presents a nuanced, balanced - but critical - appraisal of the complex interrelationships between economic growth and development and illustrates the fragility of that development, especially when political institutions fail to keep up with the rapid expansion in human capabilities.
Providing the historical analysis needed to understand Iraq’s current political situation, this book will be of great interest to scholars of development studies, Iraq, and political economy.
"For anyone interested in the different aspects of human development in Iraq or in making comparisons with other Arab and developing countries for the important sectors of education, health, and nutrition, this book will serve as an important tool. Given the Arab revolutions and the emphasis on political reforms, this text will also be of interest to those attempting to analyze the correlation between human rights and human development." - Joseph Sassoon, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS), Georgetown University; (TAARII) newsletter, Fall 2012 Newsletter, Issue 07-02.
1. Human Development Theory and Iraq’s Developmental Story 2. Social, Political and Economic Evolution of Iraq, 1920-1990 3. Economic Growth, Consumption, Income Distribution and Capital Formation 4. Education 5. Housing, Basic Services, Nutrition and Health 6. The Position of Women 7. Human Rights and Political Freedoms 8. Conclusion
Bassam Yousif is associate professor of economics at Indiana State University. He has written extensively on and advised about the economic development and political economy of Iraq.