chapter  Chapter 9
19 Pages

The New Authoritarianism

WithDennis C. Canterbury

Neoliberal democratization the current political framework for the restructuring of global capitalism is the new authoritarianism in the Third World. This chapter explores the new authoritarian state against the background of the theoretical discussion on the relationship between politics and economics couched as the link between democracy and development. The theoretical obsession with the relationship between politics and economics or democracy and development has many dimensions. On one side of the theoretical response to the development problem, for example the view is held that the problem that hampers economic development in the Third World is that the political systems are authoritarian due to the backward state of the economies. The historical evidence in the foregoing chapters seems to suggest that the forcible incorporation of Third World countries into the capitalist system through globalization was the main cause for the development of the colonial authoritarian state.