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Perspectives of underdevelopment in Africa

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Africa’s relative lack of development has been cause for much debate over the historical factors that have led to their economic status. This essay...

The Asian and Western Paths of Development

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Kaoru Sugihara (2013) argues that industrialisation can be viewed as two distinctive paths – the Western Path and the Asian Path. The Western Path...

Comparing Developmental Paths in East Asia, Latin America and Africa

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During the 20th century, nations from the regions of East Asia, Latin America and Africa all sought to become globally competitive through industrialisation. Some,...

Understanding Brazil’s Economic Development

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The study of the Brazilian state’s role in industrialisation has been split into two contested focuses: the ‘Entrepreneurial State’ (ES) and Important Substitution Industrialisation...

Gershenkron and the Positives of Backwardness

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Alexander Gershenkron (1904-1978) argued that backwardness could have a relatively positive economic role in late industrialising nations. Backwardness, in Gershenkron’s sense of the word,...

Indian IT, the Bangalore Cluster and Catching Up

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India was a latecomer to industrialisation but has since become a major economic power, notably in the ICT-related service industry. This essay will be...