Mysteries of Development

Mysteries of Development

by Herbert H. Werlin
     
 

Mysteries of Development combines the fields of development studies, comparative administration, and comparative politics to introduce a unified theory of administration and politics called political elasticity theory. The author deals with a series of important questions related to decentralization, corruption, democratization, political culture, and foreign aid,

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Mysteries of Development combines the fields of development studies, comparative administration, and comparative politics to introduce a unified theory of administration and politics called political elasticity theory. The author deals with a series of important questions related to decentralization, corruption, democratization, political culture, and foreign aid, showing that politics, when correctly understood, is more powerful than organization, culture, and economics. He provides well documented case studies, extraordinary comparisons between more developed and less developed countries, as well as between African and Asian countries that clarify and demonstrate the importance of political elasticity theory in both a theoretical and practical context. The Mysteries of Development was featured in the Septemberr 2000 issue of PS (Political Science and Politics), and will be featured in a forthcoming Public Administration Review article.

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Public Administration Review
In the tradition of Max Weber, Talcott Parsons, Reinhard Bendix, and other sociologist "greats," Werlin draws together an impressive swath of theoretical research and practical first hand observations...
International Institute Of Administrative Sciences
An interesting political theory, notably called the political elasticity theory, has been developed by the author to explain some of the mysteries of development.
Booknews
Presents a unified theory of political and economic development in African and Asian nations, which suggests that leaders are more effective when they link "hard" and "soft" forms of power using appropriate forms of political organization. Calling his theory "political elasticity" theory, the author applies it to a number of case examples in Lagos, Tokyo, Ghana, and South Korea, and offers examples of how the theory could be utilized to help foster development. He contends that his theory explains the differences between Asian and African nations without relying on cultural explanations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761811794
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
10/15/2001
Pages:
426
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.95(d)

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