Pragmatism and Development: The Prospect for Pluralist Transformation in the Third World

Pragmatism and Development: The Prospect for Pluralist Transformation in the Third World

Pragmatism and Development: The Prospect for Pluralist Transformation in the Third World

Pragmatism and Development: The Prospect for Pluralist Transformation in the Third World

Synopsis

While European reconstruction after World War II followed the pluralistic Marshall Plan that grounded social order in individual interests and interdependence, the roots of dirigiste planning in South Asia lie mainly in the line of deterministic theories represented by Positivism and Marxism. Despite a national commitment to dirigiste planning, however, India retains substantial interstitial pluralism--pluralism within the overall centralized system--that varies from state to state. This variation is directly reflected in the state's development success. This study demonstrates the continuing viability and practicality of the pluralist model and identifies what is needed for the transformation from the authoritarian structures associated with dirigiste planning.
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