A Review and Comparison of Sociological Theories of Global Development

By Jonathan H. Westover.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The sociology of development has undergone significant changes since modernization theory attempted to explain the relative prosperity and poverty of nation-states. This article provides and overview of the major approaches to development theory, beginning with modernization theory and including dependency theory, world systems theory and neoliberalism. Additionally, this article compares each theory, while identifying the key assumptions, relevant unit of analysis, the main causal relationships, and relevance of history for each.

Keywords: Development Theories, Modernization Theory, Dependency Theory, World Systems Theory, Neoliberalism

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.139-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.129MB).

Dr. Jonathan H. Westover

Assistant Professor of Business, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University, Lehi, Utah, USA

Jonathan H. Westover is an Assistant Professor of Business at Utah Valley University. He received a Master’s of Public Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior. As a doctoral student, his research interests combined Comparative International Sociology and Organizational Sociology. His ongoing research examines issues of global development, work-quality characteristics, and the determinants of job satisfaction cross-nationally.


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