A Call for Complexity in Third World Research: Challenging the False God of Theoretical Parsimony

  • Nana Poku
  • Lloyd Pettiford
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The definition of the universal is a particular definition of the particular system and, within that system, the definition of the particular has no particularities but is a universal of that system. As long as that system is functioning reasonably well, the debate about the relationship between the particular and the universal is not only academic, but the very terrain and process of the debate tends to reinforce the structure of the cultural hierarchy and oppression internal to that system. It is only when the system itself comes into crisis (in this case with the ending of the Cold War) that we have real options and the possibility of real debate.1 Such a systemic crisis now exists and we argue here that we can, and should, engage in such a debate.


International Relation Liberal Democracy Political Development Scientific Realism World Politics 
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