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Beyond urban bias

Authors: Varshney, Ashutosh Published by : Frank Cass (London ) Physical details: 258 p. il. 23 cm ISBN: 0-7146-4511-7. Subject(s): Países desenvolvidos | Países em vias de desenvolvimento | Pobreza | Estudos de caso | Readings | Desenvolvimento económico e social | Ásia | América Latina | Índia | China | Indonésia | Costa do Marfim | Costa Rica | Cuba Year: 1993
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HC59.72.P6.B49 1993 (Browse shelf) 1 Available

"Under what conditions might urban bias erode? Are those conditions entirely uncommon? Or is it that our customary understanding was wrong in several key respects? There are the questions underlying this volume. To express our vantage point clearly, the papers focus on the conditions under which the countryside is not 'squeezed'. Four critiques of the urban bias theory emerge, three of which are new. First the urban bias theory neglects political institutions. The urban bias outcome is not true across political systems (democracy versus authoritarianism) across ideological orientations of the ruling elite pro-rural or pro-industrial). Second, the urban bias theory did not anticipate how technical change over time could begin to make the rural sector powerful. Third the conception of how rural interests are expressed in politics is limited in urban bias theory to the strictly economic issues. Ethnic (and religious) identities may out across the rural and urban sectors, and may obstruct an economic expression of rural interests more than the power of the city. Finally, as pointed out earlier a special use of this journal or urban bias, the urban-rural boundaries may at times be hard to detect.".

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