Prosperity and Violence in Developed vs Underdeveloped Countries

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Prosperity and Violence in Developed vs Underdeveloped Countries

The best examples of the trade off between prosperity and violence are attributed in Bates to the early developers, whose' success story stands in contrast to the prospect of the late developers who's situation is fundamentally related to their historical relationship with the developed nations. In order to come to an understanding of the trade off between prosperity and violence it is therefore necessary to establish the terms of distinction between developed and underdeveloped countries. This paper will therefore establish the cause of the trade off between prosperity and violence in order to highlight its impediments. In doing so this paper will argue that
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20). Bates argues that development occurs when the trade-off between prosperity and violence is successful and underdevelopment persists so long and the trade-off is not made. The growth and development of societies from their agrarian beginning to full development is driven by a variety of factors but fundamentally shaped by two overarching themes: ?one economic and one political: the decision to form capital and the formation of institutions that make it rational to do so? (Bates, R, 2001, pg. 22). Economic growth is seen to arise from investment in all forms of capital and ?equally as important, economic growth results from changes in the manner in which people organise the process of production? (Bates, R, 2001, pg 23).
Economic organisation, which Bates (2001) regards as being like the interplay between members of a sports team; as much as investment, is able to promote or (if it is in short supply) hinder development (pg.
23). Commitment to a program of improvement in economic organisation and investment is largely dependant on how power is institutionalised, which is within the domain of politics. Prosperity as we shall see, relates fundamentally to political exigencies-how the coercive powers of the state are used. Good economic organisation is a product of sound political choices to delegate power ?to those who will govern productive relationships and secure the benefits that can be

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