The Structural Defects of Periphery Economies

  • Tamas Szentes
Part of the International Economic Association Series book series (IEA)


Owing to their heavy ideological content and obvious political implications, explanations of the nature and causes of unemployment as well as of ‘underdevelopment’ have always induced heated debates among social scientists. Though history gives a rather clear answer to both questions, the influence of false appearance and the conscious or unconscious representation of vested economic or political interests have produced far more mystifying concepts, misleading ideas and sophisticated doctrines in these than in any other fields of economics.


Unskilled Labour Rural Sector International Economic Order Employment Problem Labour Problem 
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  1. 1.
    See my critique of the conventional theories of ‘underdevelopment’ in T. Szentes, The Political Economy of Underdevelopment (Akademiai, Budapest, 1971, 1973, 1976).Google Scholar
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    For more detailed explanation of this and also some other points see T. Szentes, ‘Structural roots of the employment problem’, UNESCO, International Social Science Journal, XXVIII, No. 4 (1976), 789–807.Google Scholar
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    See T. Szentes, ‘Migrant Labour System in Black Africa’, ILO Conference on Problems of Employment in Economic Development, International Institute for Labour Studies, Geneva, 12–18 December 1963, CEMP. IZ — reprinted in Indian Journal of Economics, VII, No. 182 (1964), 95–118.Google Scholar
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    See W. Arthur Lewis, ‘Economic Development with Unlimited Supplies of Labour’, in The Economics of Underdevelopment (Asia Publishing House, 1957)Google Scholar
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    For explanation see T. Szentes, ‘How Does the Distorted Socio-Economic Structure Impede the Expansion of Accumulation?’, Studies on Developing Countries, Centre for Afro-Asian Research of the Hungarian Academy for Sciences, No. 54. (Budapest, 1973).Google Scholar
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    On this topic see, for example, René Dumont, False Start in Africa (Sphere Books, 1966) pp. 73–6, 158, and John Hatch’s contribution, ibid., pp. 235–6.Google Scholar

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© International Economic Association 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tamas Szentes
    • 1
  1. 1.Hungary

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