The Future of Underdeveloped Countries: Political Implications of Economic Development
By Eugene Staley
Harper (for the Council on Foreign Relations), 1954, 410 pp.
This study is a pioneering effort of considerable interest. Focussing attention on the political implications of economic development, the author emphasizes that in the choice to be made by the underdeveloped areas may lie the survival of Western civilization. At the same time he points out the limited influence of economic aid on political and social development, and makes certain challenging observations concerning the nature of the Communist appeal in underdeveloped areas. Based on a careful survey of much of the literature in the field, the book is divided into three major sections: a consideration of the objectives of the Western World in the underdeveloped area; the Communist strategy in this area; and policy recommendations for the Western World.