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date: 21 February 2020

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This article examines the structural origins of developmental politics by focusing on the argument that “bad politicians” are the reason for the problem with politics in developing countries, or that great leaders are responsible for development. Using the word “structuralism” to describe the underlying structures of society that affect developmental politics, it considers the claim that institutions are the cause behind political decisions taken in government. Two different, but related structural causes are analyzed, namely geography and demography. The article concludes by discussing how a more structural view of development makes it possible to peer into the future, especially with respect to population growth, population aging, and urbanization.

Keywords: developmental politics, developing countries, development, structuralism, geography, demography, population growth, population aging, urbanization

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