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Historical Patterns of Development and Underdevelopment: Origins and Persistence of the Great Divergence

Historical Patterns of Development and Underdevelopment: Origins and Persistence of the Great Divergence

Objective

Understanding the ‘great’ and ‘little’ divergences between Northwest Europe and the rest of Europe, and between Europe and the rest of the world, implies considerable challenges, both in terms of quantification and analysis. In terms of quantification, the major European challenges are to be found in the pre-1800 period, although much work remains to be done in quantifying post-1800 performance elsewhere. This proposed research project fits very tightly with the objectives of this call. We will be explicitly exploring the “relations between world regions and the factors shaping different development paths in a historical perspective” (Area 8.4.1). We will be explicitly focussing on the experiences of Asia, Africa and Latin America, and will be drawing not only upon European-based scholars but on a Latin American partner to this end (Activity 8.4). In terms of the specific topic addressed, “SSH-2007-4.1.2”, the proposal focuses explicitly on the way in which “development processes have and are being affected by relations between world regions and countries”, and on the links between uneven development and such relationships. The project will indeed look at whether and how uneven development is linked to such relations, both past and present; at “the extent to which historical relationships such as colonial and post-colonial relations affect today’s development paths”; at “the role of urbanisation”; and at “gender and development relations”, to which we will be devoting an entire work package.
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Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 438 000

Administrative Contact

Vivian Davies (Mr.)

Participants (6)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 150 107

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 150 150

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA REPUBLICA

Uruguay

EU Contribution

€ 155 250

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 225342

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2008

  • End date

    31 October 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 695 343

  • EU contribution

    € 1 343 507

Coordinated by:

THE CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH

United Kingdom