Monthly Archives: June 2013

International influences on national policies and development

The Marshall Plan served as a good example of what international influences through donor aid can achieve. For example, from 1948 to 1952, the United States of America spent over US$ 13 million to rebuild Europe and this contributed to … Continue reading

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The role of the state in development politics

‘The state’ has various connotations. The re-known definition by Weber is one that sees the state as a monopoly over territory/boundaries and legitimate utilization of force within its very own boundaries. Others such as Midgal (2004:p.16) define the state as, … Continue reading

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Democracy and development politics

“What really is democracy and how does it relate to development politics?” While there is no single answer or consensus in definition and measure of democracy, it remains an important discussion in development politics. As evidenced by Dahl (1989), democracy … Continue reading

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The primacy of politics in development and theories of political development

Understanding politics and its relationship with development remains central and crucial to both challenges and successes of development. As a good starting point, understanding the link between politics and development calls for either defining these two terms separately and then … Continue reading

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