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Social Indicators Research
World social development has arrived at a critical turning point. Economically advanced nations have made significant progress toward meeting the basic needs of their populations; however, the majority of developing countries have not. Problems of rapid population growth, failing economies, famine, environmental devastation, majority-minority group conflicts, increasing militarization, among others, are pushing many developing nations toward the brink of social chaos. This paper focuses on worldwide development trends for the 40-year period 1970-2009. Particular attention is given to the disparities in development that exist between the world’s “rich” and “poor” countries as well as the global forces that sustain these disparities. The paper also discusses more recent positive trends occurring within the world’s “socially least developed countries” (SLDCs), especially those located in Africa and Asia, in reducing poverty and in promoting improved quality of life for increasing numbers of their populations.
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-009-9550-6.
Development, social development, economic development, sustainable development, so¬cial transformation, social indicators, social progress, international, comparative.
Estes, R. J. (2010). The World Social Situation: Development Challenges at the Outset of a New Century. Social Indicators Research, 98 363-402. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-009-9550-6
Date Posted: 13 February 2017
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