I take issue with Lewis Coser on the following major grounds:
1) He discusses the political evolution of the developing countries in isolation from their ties, past and present, with the West. Yet, their prospects cannot be assayed without examining those ties.
2) His approach is limited to locating the groups or strata which initiate economic development in the new nations. He attributes to them the ability to choose among political modes; but I question that a choice exists....
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