Development and Cultural Change: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Development and Cultural Change: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Development and Cultural Change: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Development and Cultural Change: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

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It was during the Eleventh International Conference on the Unity of Sciences (ICUS XI) in November 1982 in Philadelphia that Morton A Kaplan of the University of Chicago and chairman of ICUS XII asked if I would put together a panel on development in Asia. I subsequently discussed the request with several colleagues at the University of Connecticut and with Arnold Harberger, a member of the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. What emerged from the conversations was the possibility of organizing the panel "Developmental Experience in East Asia and Latin America," which later functioned as Committee IV of ICUS XII in Chicago in November 1983.

In selecting a number of case studies of East Asia and Latin America, we initially thought to address the question of why certain countries are successful in development and others are not. The original idea of assessing socioeconomic development in terms of success and failure was subsequently abandoned and we came up with a new theme. The paper writers would address the issues of government's role in economic development, the interplay of politics, economics, legitimacy, and policy process in the course of political and economic development, with special emphasis on cultural changes.

The objective of organizing the committee was not to provide a . . .

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