National Political Development: Measurement and Analysis

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Efforts by social scientists to relate national social conditions to national political systems are hampered by a failure to build an index of political development which can be correlated with other system variables to measure the extent of the association between the development of the political system and development of other social institutions in the nation. An index is constructed and correlated with several other indicators of national development for 77 independent nations. The level of political development is highly correlated with the level of communications, economic development, education and urbanization. Analysis of the errors of prediction of what the level of political development should be, given its level of communications and urbanization development, allows us to test certain theories of social change.

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