Gunnar Myrdal, winner of the Nobel Prize for economics in 1974, once said that in the relationship between rich and poor countries there has been diplomacy by language, meaning that in the developed, and to a lesser extent the underdeveloped, countries there has been a constant search for an acceptable name for this latter group. Consequently, no one has come up with a label that claims universal acceptance. The search is fraught with difficulties, not least ideological ones. The terminology of comparative politics, particularly as far as post-colonial countries are concerned, is largely expressive of attitudes rather than precise analytical concepts (Goulbourne, 1979). Given this, and the fact that economic changes throughout the world since 1945 have called into question any simple categorization, it seems appropriate to begin by explaining why continuing with the label ‘Third World’ remains defensible.
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- The Idea of a ‘Third World’
B. C. Smith
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