Development and Democracy: Relations in Conflict

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Technological progress in the 21st Century still remains monopolized by the developed countries, thereby determining the direction and rhythm of growth in developing countries which must import their technological infrastructure. This colonialized model of industrialization leads to a perpetual outflow of resources abroad and to structured social exclusion that placed narrow limits on democracy and the distribution of overall wellbeing. Why did Latin American societies fail to create an internal division of labour that could adequately provide for the development of productive forces? How did this affect the prospects for democracy in the region? Development and Democracy: Relations in Conflict examines the conflicting relations between technological development and democracy as they unfold in a new and ever more challenging environment.

Contributors are: Irma Lorena Acosta Reveles, Leonel Álvarez Yáñez, Jesús Becerra Villegas, Ximena de la Barra, Héctor de la Fuente Limón, R. A. Dello Buono, Sergio Octavio Contreras Padilla, Silvana Andrea Figueroa Delgado, Víctor Manuel Figueroa Sepúlveda, Ernesto Menchaca Arredondo, Miguel Omar Muñoz Domínguez, Alexandre M. Quaresma de Moura, Cristina Recéndez Guerrero.
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Biographical Note

Víctor Manuel Figueroa Sepúlveda, Ph.D. (1980), North East London Polytechnic-University of Sussex, is senior professor and researcher in Political Science at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico. His published works include Reinterpretando el subdesarrollo (Siglo XXI, 1986) and Industrial Colonialism in Latin America: The Third Stage (Brill, 2013).

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
List of Tables and Figures
Notes on Contributors

Introduction

1 A Critique of the Origin and Foundations of the New Inequality among Mankind
Alexandre M. Quaresma

2 Unemployment, Inequality and Technological Development
Víctor Manuel Figueroa Sepúlveda

3 Technology and Subsumption by Capital
Jesús Becerra Villegas

4 The State and Freedom of Public Network Space
Sergio Octavio Contreras

5 Grey Areas in China’s Growth: A Questionable Development
Silvana Andrea Figueroa Delgado

6 Economic Growth, Democracy and the Construction of Citizenship in South Korea
Cristina Recéndez Guerrero

7 Latin American Democracy as an Alternative Work in Progress
Ximena de la Barra and R.A. Dello Buono

8 Acquiring Technology in the Mexican Private Sector: A Disarticulated ‘Linkage’ of the Triple Helix
Miguel Omar Muñoz Domínguez

9 Proliferation of the Corporate Agro-Industrial Model in Latin America
Irma Lorena Acosta Reveles

10 Well-Being and Happiness: Conditions for a New Conception of Development?
Ernesto Menchaca Arredondo and Leonel Álvarez Yáñez

11 The Challenges of Democracy in Mexico
Héctor de la Fuente Limón

References
Index

Readership

All those interested in a critical analysis of the impact of technology upon development, particularly as affecting the Global South.

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