Political development

Kingsbury, Damien 2017, Political developmentHandbook of globalisation and development, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, Eng., pp.444-462, doi: 10.4337/9781783478651.00036.

Title Political development
Author(s) Kingsbury, DamienORCID iD for Kingsbury, Damien orcid.org/0000-0001-9987-4688
Title of book Handbook of globalisation and development
Publication date 2017
Series Handbooks on globalisation
Chapter number 25
Total chapters 29
Start page 444
End page 462
Total pages 19
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Place of Publication Cheltenham, Eng.
Keyword(s) Politics
Political economy
International economic relations
Social and political science
Summary This chapter discusses the idea of politics as part of, and central to, the process of development whereby people try to improve the quality of their lives. It suggests that, while such an idea is inherently normative, there is a range of sub-categories around which there is some agreement. The idea of a large, bonded political community is basic to political interaction, may express itself as a claim to nationhood, and the people of such a nation may wish to define themselves in relation to a usually delineated territory. This implies institutions serving the people of the territory, giving rise to the notion of the state. The chapter notes that these ideas are relatively innocuous, except where there is disagreement about who is and is not a member of the nation, whether the state is actually representative and whether its government is viewed as legitimate. This then raises the questions of voluntarism and compulsion about state membership, repression, opposition and transitions to and from authoritarianism. The counterpoint to such authoritarianism is the idea of a representative, accountable and presumably transparent political process, usually through a free and fair electoral process. However, such an outcome is not inevitable and, once it has been achieved, it is not always sustained.
ISBN 9781783478644
Edition 1
Language eng
DOI 10.4337/9781783478651.00036
Field of Research 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
160602 Citizenship
Socio Economic Objective 940203 Political Systems
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Grant ID not applicable
Copyright notice ©2017, Kenneth A. Reinert
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