Critical Perspectives on Globalization and Neoliberalism in the Developing Countries

Richard L. Harris, Melinda J. Seid

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This introductory article provides an overview of the contemporary effects of globalization and neoliberalism on the developing countries. It provides a critical examination of the effects these two contemporary forces are having on economic, political, and social conditions in these societies at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Through critically analyzing the contemporary nature, context, and effects of globalization and neoliberalism in these societies, this article provides a critique of the contemporary global capitalist system and the adverse consequences suffered by the developing countries as a result of their "integration" into this system. The other contributions to this special issue of the Journal of Developing Societies are introduced at the end of this introductory essay.


  • Growth and Development
  • Sociology

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