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Developmentalism

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  • Erik S. Reinert

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Develpmentalism . or the idea of the .developmental stateÿ . was one of the most spectacularly successful ideologies of the 20th century. The Cold War and the division of most ideas into a camp of either being politically to the .rightÿ or to the .leftÿ has obliterated the fact that Developmentalism was successfully performed along the whole political axis, from fascism via social democracy to communism. In their emphasis on economic growth built on industrial mass production . on the idea that only a certain type of national economic structure is conducive to increased wealth . Stalin, Hitler and the Scandinavian social democracies all represented Developmentalism. With the growth and eventual dominance of neo-classical economics and economic neoliberalism, Developmentalism gradually disappeared along the whole political axis, with the exception of Asia and to some extent Brazil.

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  • Erik S. Reinert, 2010. "Developmentalism," The Other Canon Foundation and Tallinn University of Technology Working Papers in Technology Governance and Economic Dynamics 34, TUT Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance.
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    1. Gala, Paulo & Rocha, Igor & Magacho, Guilherme, 2016. "The structuralist revenge: economic complexity as an important dimension to evaluate growth and development," Textos para discussão 436, FGV/EESP - Escola de Economia de São Paulo, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil).

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