Introduction to Development

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Published on 17 May 2011
School
UTSG
Department
Political Science
Course
POL201Y1
May 16- Introduction to Development Nordia
-Can we actually talk about the developing world as a singular?
-there are things that these countries have in common that make us class
them all as one:
1. Politically
Locally developed forms of political rule were preceded by some form of
colonization.
2. Economically
Tend to be much more agricultural. Agricultural has greater impact on GDP.
Very often dominated by a much smaller number of products.
Low levels of industrialization, which goes hand in hand with agricultural
characteristics. (some exceptions)
Larger informal sectors of the economy (in West we register our businesses
with govt etc)
3. Social
Citizens tend to have lower living income
As a result, shorter life expectancy, worst living standards, literacy etc
-Important to remember there are variations- not all developing countries
have the same characteristics.
-will look at above three together in explanation of the differences in the
characteristics of developing countries.
-East Asian Miracle- dramatic dev. in dev. world
Main Question of this course
Why is it that some dev. countries are able to escape that desperate state of
poverty while others have not. What are the implications?
Political Science-3 types
1. International relations
2. Political theory
3. Comparative politics- politics of what goes on inside states-national politics
(approach for this course)
How will we understand these issues
History
Theory
Comparativists try to answer the why questions using science.
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There are things that these countries have in common that make us class them all as one: politically. Locally developed forms of political rule were preceded by some form of colonization: economically. Very often dominated by a much smaller number of products. Low levels of industrialization, which goes hand in hand with agricultural characteristics. (some exceptions) Larger informal sectors of the economy (in west we register our businesses with gov"t etc: social. As a result, shorter life expectancy, worst living standards, literacy etc. Important to remember there are variations- not all developing countries have the same characteristics. Will look at above three together in explanation of the differences in the characteristics of developing countries. East asian miracle- dramatic dev. in dev. world. Why is it that some dev. countries are able to escape that desperate state of poverty while others have not.