The origins of global institutions and development

What is the origin of the idea that global institutions are needed to promote the development of poorer countries?

Chinas former president sun yat-sen

Do the idea of global institutions for development origin from from Sun Yat-sen’s thinking in China? Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Professor Eric Helleiner

About the seminar

Much scholarship assumes that the idea of global institutions for development was post-1945 Western invention. However, Prof. Helleiner shows that the idea has deeper roots in China and other non-Western contexts. He highlights the importance of moving beyond Western-centric histories of global development, particularly as China emerges as a leading development donor in the current era.

The lecture is free and open to all but requires registration.

About the speaker

Eric Helleiner is Professor in Political Science at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has written extensively on global politics, politics of global finance, and the state and economic life.

The lecture is part of the SUM4029 course on Global Governance for Sustainable Development.

Published Apr. 24, 2018 4:47 PM - Last modified Apr. 25, 2018 9:18 AM