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The Role of Elites in Economic Development$
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the late Alice H. Amsden, Alisa DiCaprio, and James A. Robinson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659036

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659036.001.0001

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Two for the Price of One? The Contribution to Development of the New Female Elites

Two for the Price of One? The Contribution to Development of the New Female Elites

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(p.120) 6 Two for the Price of One? The Contribution to Development of the New Female Elites
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The Role of Elites in Economic Development
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Alison Wolf

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659036.003.0006

This chapter describes the very different role played by female elites in contemporary developing countries, as compared to the ‘early’ industrializing countries of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It shows that women are far more important in business and politics in today’s developing countries than they were in developed countries at a period when the latter had equivalent, and indeed significantly higher, levels of income per capita. It outlines the way in which this greater equality is rooted in educational opportunities; and argues that both educational provision, and women’s entry into the elites, must be understood with reference to changing values and attitudes. They are not simply economically determined. Finally, the chapter underlines the way in which these features of business and politics strengthen elite families in developing economies.

Keywords:   elites, educational opportunities, women, development, families

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