- The Oxford Handbook of the Politics of Development
- List of Contributors
- Modernization Theory: Does Economic Development Cause Democratization?
- Dependency Theory
- Political Development
- The Washington Consensus and the New Political Economy of Economic Reform
- Penury Traps and Prosperity Tales: Why Some Countries Escape Poverty While Others Do Not
- Culture, Politics, and Development
- Religion, Politics, and Economic Development: Synergies and Disconnects
- Does Inequality Harm Economic Development and Democracy?: Accounting for Missing Values, Noncomparable Observations, and Endogeneity
- Ethnicity and Development
- Civil Conflict and Development
- The Politics of the Resource Curse: A Review
- Taxation and Development
- How Do Governments Build Capabilities to Do Great Things?: Ten Cases, Two Competing Explanations, One Large Research Agenda
- Leadership and the Politics of Development
- Colonialism and Development in Africa
- Investment and Debt
- The Role of the State in Harnessing Trade-and-Investment for Development Purposes
- International Financial Institutions and Market Liberalization in the Developing World
- Foreign Aid and Democratization in Developing Countries
- Organizing for Prosperity: Collective Action, Political Parties, and the Political Economy of Development
- Missing Links in the Institutional Chain
- The Comparative Politics of Service Delivery in Developing Countries
- Party Systems and the Politics of Development
- Populism and Political Representation
- Africa’s Political Economy in the Contemporary Era
- The Politics of Development in Latin America and East Asia
- Development and Underdevelopment in the Middle East and North Africa
- Rethinking the Institutional Foundations of China’s Hypergrowth: Official Incentives, Institutional Constraints, and Local Developmentalism
- The Political Economy of Growth and Development in India: Two Puzzles
- The Politics of Growth in South Korea: Miracle, Crisis, and the New Market Economy
Abstract and Keywords
This article focuses on dependency theory and its influence on scholarly work in the field of international development. After tracing the roots of dependency theory, the article considers its relationship to the international economy, multinational capital, the local bourgeoisie, and the state. It then discusses dependency theory as a set of general concepts and orientations for formulating theories and explanations, as well as a set of directly testable and falsifiable hypotheses. It also emphasizes the utility of dependency theory for explaining the historical trajectories of development in Latin America, sustained robust economic growth in South Korea and Taiwan, globalization, and recent strong growth in China and some of its raw material suppliers. The article shows that dependency theory has mixed results as a testable theory but has been quite successful when used as a theoretical framework.
James Mahoney is Gordon Fulcher Professor in Decision-Making, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, and Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA.
Department of Sociology, Northwestern University
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