Political Ideonomy of Rostow's Stages of Economic Growth Theory

M. Mozafarinia, A. Manouchehri, M. Ghaffari, F. Mo'meni
2016 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities  
The conditions of success and reasons for failure of development strategies and plans, are among the most important "development studies" issues. This has been explained in different ways: for example, there is a strong relationship between the efficiency of development strategies and plans and development theories. Based on paradigmatic-implicative theory, which explains the relationship between development theories and political thought and considers the development theory as one of the
more » ... cal implications of political thought, a condition for the success of development strategies and development plans can be found to be rooted in the political thought foundation. Therefore, in the present article we explore the political thought supporting Rostow's Stages of Economic Growth theory, as one of the oldest and most important development theories which in the 1960s resulted in understanding development as "growth". We use qualitative content analysis method to show that the political foundation of Rostow's Stages of Economic Growth theory is based on the principle of "the most utility for the most people" in accordance with Bentham's utilitarian political thought.
doi:10.22035/isih.2016.221 doaj:60e9d9e35efd42448cc1cd55ba297370 fatcat:duouh2e2tzedbdgqdb5ncrwm3y