Governing development: neoliberalism, microcredit, and rational economic woman

  title={Governing development: neoliberalism, microcredit, and rational economic woman},
  author={Katharine N. Rankin},
  journal={Economy and Society},
  pages={18 - 37}
  • K. Rankin
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Economics, Sociology
  • Economy and Society
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