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The Political Dimension

Roland Dannreuther

in The Third World Beyond the Cold War

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295518
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599217 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295510.003.0003
 The Political Dimension

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Aims to contribute to the emerging debate over the nature of capitalist development and its relationship to the social and political developments in different regions of the world, by suggesting an analytical framework for assessing the implications of these recent developments for the political structures within developing countries. The first section seeks to isolate the most important structural and international factors that have contributed to the democratizing trend in the developing world. The second section looks beyond these general trends and assesses the existing social, economic and political conditions of most developing countries, focussing, in particular on the continuing internal and external obstacles to democratization. The final section attempts to draw from this analysis an overarching assessment of the direction of political change in the developing world, and the most appropriate models or approaches for understanding the underlying dynamic of these changes.

Keywords: authoritarianism; capitalism; democratization; developing countries; political change; political structures; socio‐economics

Chapter.  9492 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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