An Introduction to James Ferguson’s The Anti-Politics Machine

Economic development and politics are intricately connected. As part of a larger series about the world's greatest ideas, an engaging video takes this into consideration when exploring James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine. The summary pulls key ideas from Ferguson's text and adds additional examples to help make the text more accessible.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the difference between developed and less-developed countries with learners before watching the video, and then see if their discussion matches the video's claims
  • Find solutions to help provide economic development within your own community
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes an understanding of common principles and forms of economic development
Pros

  • Uses a modern analogy to illustrate a key argument within the text
  • Adds images and clear narration to help viewers follow the ideas
Cons

  • Directs readers to a site that requires a paid subscription to gain additional information