Comparative Models of Development

Challenges to the American-Western System
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  • Published: September 2017
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  • Pages: 336
  • ISBN: 9781532028571
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Howard J. Wiarda, who was the Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, outlines a paradigm shift in world politics that has been driven by two overarching trends: the shift from a U.S. and Western-favored model of development to different models and the decline of a Western system of world order. In examining these two trends, he seeks to answer questions such as: • Why are the gaps increasing rather than shrinking between the rich and the poor, both within countries and between the developed countries and developing ones? • Why have some countries and regions adapted to the newer pressures of globalization, democratization, and new markets, and others have not? • Why does the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and much of Latin America still lag behind while others are forging ahead? By taking a regional view of development and international relations, the author challenges the view that one theoretical framework can explain the economic, social, and foreign policy approaches of all countries.

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