Dr. Streeten is the founder and chairman of the board of World Development, a consultant to the United Nations Development Program and to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He has worked for several UN bodies. Among other institutions, he has played a major role in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex. He is a principal thinker behind the Human Development paradigm and has been intensely involved in the writing of all the United Nations Human Development Reports, either as a part of the team of authors or as an advisor. Dr. Streeten has participated in numerous conferences and conventions worldwide. Many of his earlier lectures have been published in the book Thinking About Development (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
A version of this essay was delivered in October 2003 as the Frederick S. Pardee Distinguished Lecture at Boston University. The author is greatly indebted to the Pardee Center and its Director, Professor David Fromkin. He is also indebted to Ronald Dore for the idea of this essay and for some of its themes.
This is a chapter from Technological Nightmares (Lecture).
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