Addresses the fundamental structures and processes of social change in the tradition of 'grand' social theory. At a time when development has come into question, both as theoretical concept and as policy goal, this theoretical analysis makes a sharp distinction between growth and development, and reasserts the centrality of development for understanding macro-historical change in a global perspective.
'...they do have interesting, closely argued and provocative ideas concerning developmental change. Their opening sections, detailing their general stance and systems-theoretic approach, are excellently constructed, luring the reader to read on with genuine interest.' -- American Political Science Review, Vol 73, No 4