Author Archives: Robert A. Packenham

About Robert A. Packenham

Robert A. Packenham is Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Sanford University where he taught from 1965 to 2006 in the fields of comparative and Latin American politics. His main research interests have included theories and ideologies of development, including political development; state-market relations and development; social science and public policy. He is the author of Liberal America and the Third World: Political Development Ideas in Foreign Aid and Social Science (Princeton University Press, 1973, 1976, 2015) and The Dependency Movement: Scholarship and Politics in Development Studies (Harvard University Press, 1992, 1998)

A Comment on Professor Hodge’s Articles

This post is part of a roundtable discussion on two historiographic articles by Joseph Hodge published in recent issues of Humanity. For more about the roundtable and all currently available posts please see this page. This is a very ambitious article in terms of themes, historical periods, world regions, and types of writings. Its overall theme is development, an extremely broad idea. (So far as I know, Hodge never defines it explicitly in abstract terms, although it appears he means by it progress in nation-states.) Continue reading →