Political Development

  • Andrew Webster


So far we have examined aspects of development and social change in the Third World without any detailed consideration of the political context in which these are found. As we have seen in previous Chapters, many theorists have developed their ideas through using the historical experience of Europe as a blueprint for ‘development.’ One might wonder then whether the development of capitalist relations in Western Europe was accompanied by a particular pattern of political development and whether this is to be repeated in the Third World because of capitalist penetration there. The reader should not be surprised to discover that there is no simple answer to this question since there are competing theoretical accounts of political change in Europe and the Third World, accounts which on the one hand come within the broad scope of modernisation theory and on the other derive from the underdevelopment school.


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