The Developmental State: Governance, Comparison and Culture in the ‘Third World’

  • Christopher Clapham


The comparative analysis of government activity in that large part of the globe which has been lumped together under the title of the ‘Third World’ raises serious conceptual problems. Comprising the whole of Africa, almost all of Asia (normally excluding only Japan and Russia), South and Central America, and the oceanic islands, this vast swathe of territory exhibits a massive range of variation across almost every indicator that might be taken to define a population of states for comparative purposes. In population size, geographical location, social structure, historical origins, wealth and political institutions, these states appear to defy any attempt to devise the structure of similarity within which any meaningful comparison can be undertaken.


Foreign Exchange Structural Adjustment African State Gross National Product Comparative Politics 
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