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Rebel Mystic: Toward a Theorization of the Aesthetic and Communicative Dimensions of Reggae and Dub
Unformatted Document Text:  15 negative effect on the levels of economic and democratic development in the developing world. However, the emergence of the newly developed and democratic countries in the Southeast Asia like South Korea in the last few decades seems to suggest that with good leaders and socioeconomic policies, poorer counties could develop and become democratic. Indeed, it is not necessarily true that modernization theory does fail in explaining the development of developing countries. The theory can only be expected to work under normal circumstances. To begin with, the circumstances in the developing countries have been different from those that developed earlier. Because the developing countries were under colonial control, they have had a late start in the development process. After independence, building the economic infrastructure and political institutions required time, money, skills, and clear goals. Most of the developing countries seemed to have lacked these assets to pursue their development. Thus, historical factors like colonialism seem to have delayed the chances of development (and democracy) in most of former colonies. Moreover, several of the leaders of developing countries seem to have been corrupt and to have misused and embezzled the national resources of their respective countries. Finally, if the trade relationship between the developed and developing countries is lopsided, as dependency theorists argue, it is likely to contribute to the lack of strong economic (and thus democratic) development in the poorer regions of the world. Yet, economic development may not be the only factor that leads to democratic rule. While there are several other conditions that scholars point out have some influence on

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negative effect on the levels of economic and democratic development in the developing
world. However, the emergence of the newly developed and democratic countries in the
Southeast Asia like South Korea in the last few decades seems to suggest that with good
leaders and socioeconomic policies, poorer counties could develop and become
democratic.
Indeed, it is not necessarily true that modernization theory does fail in explaining the
development of developing countries. The theory can only be expected to work under
normal circumstances. To begin with, the circumstances in the developing countries
have been different from those that developed earlier. Because the developing countries
were under colonial control, they have had a late start in the development process. After
independence, building the economic infrastructure and political institutions required
time, money, skills, and clear goals. Most of the developing countries seemed to have
lacked these assets to pursue their development. Thus, historical factors like colonialism
seem to have delayed the chances of development (and democracy) in most of former
colonies. Moreover, several of the leaders of developing countries seem to have been
corrupt and to have misused and embezzled the national resources of their respective
countries. Finally, if the trade relationship between the developed and developing
countries is lopsided, as dependency theorists argue, it is likely to contribute to the lack
of strong economic (and thus democratic) development in the poorer regions of the
world.
Yet, economic development may not be the only factor that leads to democratic rule.
While there are several other conditions that scholars point out have some influence on


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