Research on determinants of ‘development’ have largely neglected the cultural factors and focussed on economic and political variables. The cultural diversities like ethnic, religious, linguistic, etc, had been regarded as hindrance to development. In this context, Vernon Ruttan (1991) wrote, ‘‘Cultural considerations have been cast into the ‘underworld’ of developmental thought and practice.
It would be hard to find a leading scholar in the field of developmental economics who would commit herself or himself in print to the proposition that in terms of explaining different patterns of political and economic development a central variable is culture”.
For a long time, we have been beguiled into the Aristotelian argument that “diverse states are more susceptible to development inhibiting strife” (Lian and Oneal 1997: 61). Many also argue that cultural diversity is associated with political instability and that retards the economic growth and development at large. The arguments have also been extended that diversity in democratic countries will lead to multiparty system and polarization compromising the efficiently of democracy through gridlocks.
However, these views have no universal acceptance. In fact, many argue that the diversity will lead to flexibility, learning, adaptation, development of labour diversity and specialization, innovation and socio-economic sustainability, which may also positively influence and shape the ecological sustainability.
Call for papers
- Diversity and Innovation
- Diversity and Economic Growth
- Diversity and Regional Development
- Diversity and Creative Industries
- Diversity and Social Change
- Diversity and Social, Political and Economic Institutions
- Diversity and Democracy
- Diversity Management
- Diversity and Gender
- Diversity and Sustainability
- Diversity and SDGs
- The last date of submission of abstract is February 15, 2020.
- Applicants will be communicated about acceptance of their abstract by February 20, 2020.
- Full draft papers need to be submitted by February 28, 2020.
- INR 2500 per person for Indian participants.
- Euro 60 per person for SAARC participants.
- Euro 100 per person for participants from other countries.
- Register online via this page.