Development, distribution and the future

Sam Cole, Ian Miles

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The distribution of world output between countries, and between social groups within countries, is central to long-term development prospects. Unequal shares mean unequal influence over the future direction of world affairs. The level and structure of demand are conditioned by the distribution of financial resources; while the power to influence the course of development is itself tied to the resources that can be marshalled in support of one's objectives. Two forecasting techniques, scenario construction and global modelling, are used to assess these relationships and explore the consequences of one possible 'future history' in which distribution worldwide does eventually begin to improve. Striking limitations to most development strategies are identified; without a wide-ranging set of changes, the prospects for improved distribution-and relief of poverty-are bleak.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-493
Number of pages23
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1984


  • economic inequality
  • future planning
  • global development


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