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An alternative view of the links between the western world order and the third world economic and environmental crisis

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Abraham, AP (1993) An alternative view of the links between the western world order and the third world economic and environmental crisis. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

An alternative view of the existing world order is adopted, since,
it is argued, the orthodox view (of a benevolent First World
tirelessly engaging the development problems of a Third) is
illusory. The parlous condition of debt-ridden Third World
countries is explained by locating them within the confines of this
order and drawing an interrelationship between their lack of
beneficial development and the rapid deterioration of their
environments. Some of the mechanisms by which the now
unrestrained western economic system are examined where the
residents of one hemisphere are 'managed' to service and support
the profligate lifestyles of elites in the other.
It is argued that a western order has straddled a reconstructed
world economy since 1945 and has been sustained by the
hegemonic power of the United States and its major industrial
allies. It is further argued that the archaic exploitative nature of
this order has rendered it inappropriate for new world conditions
and the present general turmoil is a symptom of its decline. The
world is moving from an old to a new set of imperatives, which
must be socially-just and ecologically-benign. Thus movements
for socio/economic justice and the environment can no longer be
perceived as separate ends but as parts of the same larger global
process.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: World politics. Economic development -- Environmental aspects. Debts, External. Social problems. Environmental policy -- Developing countries. Developing countries -- Economic policy -- Environmental aspects.
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