Introduction and Background

  • Ali KadriEmail author


This chapter introduces the objective, which is to compare the development of the Arab World and East Asia and posits that development occurs in the shadow of a cordon sanitaire strategically serving the security concerns of US-led imperialism. It tackles the problem of East Asia and the Arab World as representing two cases of imperilist practice and their corresponding policies leading to different developments. It concludes that the way to approach comparatives is not by spotting the infinite heterogeneity of actuality so that no conclusions can be drawn. It stresses that the apparent parallels or departures between the development courses of the Arab World and East Asia are not the result of good or bad capitalism, because there is only one capitalism whose practice of the law of value assumes different measures of repression reducing the value of labour power way below the wages paid out to the working class. Unless the comparative is posited in terms of class history as the practice of the law of value, all comparisons would be confined to an epiphenomenon in which only differences are the rule.


Comparative development Development methodology Economic policy 


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  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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