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dependency theory

Overview page. Subjects: Science and Mathematics — Media Studies.

1. (sociology) A theory influential in the 1970s that the continuing poverty, social deprivation, and political instability in many poor countries was a result of their...

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developed country

Overview page. Subjects: Environmental Science — Public Health and Epidemiology.

In the language of international affairs, including international health, this is a country whose citizens have on average a sufficient income to enjoy the good things of life and usually...

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Fourth World

Overview page. Subjects: Environmental Science.

Very poor nations that have neither market economies nor central planning, and are developing very slowly if at all. See First World, Second World, Third World.

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North

Overview page. Subjects: Environmental Science.

Following the terminology of the Brandt report (1979) a portmanteau term used to describe the advanced economies/more economically developed countries.

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Second World

Overview page. Subjects: Environmental Science.

Centrally planned economies, such as those of Eastern Europe between 1948 and 1990. Contrast First World, Third World.

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third World

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences.

Poor or less developed countries. The term originated to cover countries which were not part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the advanced capitalist bloc, or...

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