Analysis of Developed Countries Evolution: Methodology of Study

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2012-4-25-35

E. Ostrovskaya, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAN), 23, Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation (

Abstract. The article deals with the main theoretical approaches that interpret the development as a long-term (centuries-long) economic movement and that explain its principles. An attempt is made to choose concepts capable to serve as a general theory of development. The author examines a variety of points of view on the problem of development; substantiates the choice of the theoretical framework of analysis and synthesis system as a method of analysis that is necessary to avoid the economic and any other-determinism. An interpretation of the economy as a system object is proposed.

Keywords: development, developed countries, post-industrial theory, neo-institutionalism, systemic approach, system synthesis, systematics of economy

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For citation:
Ostrovskaya H. Analysis of Developed Countries Evolution: Methodology of Study. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2012, no. 4, pp. 25-35.

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