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Public Platitudes and Unfounded Attitudes

  • James H. Mittelman
  • Mustapha Kamal Pasha
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Abstract

From listening to commentators on television and reading the newspapers, you may have the impression that many, if not most, non oil-exporting Third World countries are mired in poverty, ignorance, superstition, hopelessness and underdevelopment. Nowadays the media frequently refer to such countries as Bangladesh and Haiti as ‘basket cases’. Some of these have been assigned to the ‘Fourth World’. In its innocence, this could mean the bottom of the barrel: then Time magazine even suggested that we must distinguish a ‘Fifth World’.

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Gross Domestic Product Political Economy Human Development Index World Country Real Gross Domestic Product 
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Notes and References

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© James H. Mittelman and Mustapha Kamal Pasha 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • James H. Mittelman
    • 1
  • Mustapha Kamal Pasha
    • 1
  1. 1.School of International ServiceAmerican UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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