Convergence Theory

Disciplines: Economics, Political Science

Theory of development of industrial nations, first proposed by Dutch economist JAN TINBERGEN (1903-1994).

The division between capitalist democracies in Western Europe and North America, and communist states in Eastern Europe, is fading. The nature of industrial society leads both types to converge towards a common centre. Capitalist societies are becoming more organized and managerial, communist societies more open to market methods and to greater political and civil freedoms.

Convergence theory received a violent acceleration after 1989.

J Tinbergen, 'On the Theory of Trend Movements', Selected Papers (1959);
J K Galbraith, The New Industrial State (Boston, Mass., 1967);
David Robertson, The Penguin Dictionary of Politics (London. 1985)


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