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Unformatted text preview: Poli 4064 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries 11:00-12:00 Monday - Friday 116 Stubbs. Dr. Harry Mokeba Texts: Developing Countries The Challenge of Third World Development 6-11 Monday 2007 I'm just glad that I live in America because our worst in America is better than this.- U.S. Soldier from Arkansas. Comparative The third world is wanting. Our world realizes the benefits Comparison gives us a better sense of where we are and where the third world is. Why is the third world is the way it is and why we should find out how it got there. One should measure the health of a society, not from it's apex, but from it's bottom.- To understand the state of the world, to explain the health of the world system. A need to see what is happening in the third world and not just what is going on in the rich and industrialized countries.- Why the bottom? The bottom consititutes the bulk of humanity. The third world is important because almost every single issue that IOs have to deal with is tied to the developing world. All the good the US does for the world, it seems to end in failure for the developing world. ex: Somalia, Angola, Vietnam, Cuba. In trying to understand the third world in comparison to the first world one must take into consideration some words from the Handleman text. Scope - Compares and cites as many examples as possible. Shows why he's making these statements, giving credibility to his claims in comparing the first and third world. Poverty that exists on the large scale in the third world (~60%), exists on a small scale in the first world (~6%). Persistance - Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America. The "third world" is a term that offers such "Sheer Variety" that the term has become outmoded. "Let's abolish the 'third world'"- Charles Lane, 1991 (product of the end of the Cold War, taking away Communism or the "second world") Problems facing the third world: Corruption, Disease, Literacy, Religion, Human and Women's Rights, Famine, Geography. (Prisoners of Geography) 6-12 Tuesday 2007 The third world is made up of over 120 developing countries (mostly former colonies).- Found in Africa, Middle East, Latin America and Asia. These countries are characterised by low levels of living, high rates of population growth, low per capita income, political fragility, as well as general economic and technological dependence on the first world and the second worlds....
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- Spring '11