Journal Article

IDS Bulletin 37.4

Introduction: Challenging Orthodoxies, Influencing Debates. The at 40

Published on 1 October 2006

What makes a classic IDS Bulletin article? Wandering through almost 40 years and 140 issues of the IDS Bulletin, some common features can be discerned. The most memorable IDS Bulletin articles challenge orthodoxy and present alternative perspectives on development issues.

They also reflect the spirit of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) as both an eclectic bunch of opinionated individuals and a community of thinking – but not necessarily a unanimity of views – and showcase the various contributions of IDS and its partners to development thinking and practice. Almost as important as content is writing style.

The most widely cited articles are accessible to a wide readership (they avoid technical jargon, even if they convey specialist knowledge), and they are written in a deceptively informal style – yet beneath the easy narrative and occasional polemical flourishes is an authority that comes from deep knowledge of the subject area, often inflected with an urgency driven by a conviction that this matters!

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Devereux, S. and Knowles, C. (2006) Introduction: Challenging Orthodoxies, Influencing Debates. The at 40. IDS Bulletin 37(4): 1-5

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Stephen Devereux

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Caroline Knowles

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IDS Bulletin, volume 37, issue 4