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The Three-dimensional State

After nearly three decades ofsearching for general theories ofpolitical development, most Western and Western-influenced scholars still have not abandoned their preoccupation with studying the causal relationships between democracy and socio-economic development, thus maintaining the fundamental assumption that political development is essentially a two-dimensional phenomenon. This is evident, for example, in a recent major work on democracy in. developing countries, where one of the editors, a prominent political scientist, wrote in his introduction to the volume:

This preoccupation reflects a certain poverty of ideas in Western political science. This in turn is rooted in its epistemology, which is essentially based on Aristotelian concept of politics, and rendered more permanent by the influence of the positivist behavioural scientists of the 1960s, who incorporated structural-functionalism into the study of comparative politics.