The liberal order
Introduction In this chapter we begin our examination of the project of international development in the period from the late 1970s to the mid-2000s. Following the structure of the first part of the book, it starts with an examination of the international order during this period. At the most general level this can be characterized as a liberal international order and it results from a series of changes that start in the late 1970s and run through the 1980s, culminating in the end of the Cold War. The chapters that follow trace the relationships between the emergence of this liberal international order and the project of international development by examining changes in development theory, changes within development agencies and changes in their relations with one another, and the impact of these on developing countries themselves.