Non-economic Factors in Development

Najamul Saqib Khan


Economic development in knowledgeable circles has a missing
dimension— the non-economic, which is not quantifiable. Development, a
leading sector in national transformation, is rooted in nonmaterial
factors and requires a positive feedback between culture, economy, and
polity. I would invite attention to an insightful comment from a
practising professional economist: ‘The need for economic growth in a
developing country has few if any economic springs. It arises from a
desire to assume full status by taking part in an industrial
Civilisation, participation in which alone enables a nation or
individual to compel others to treat it as an equal. Inability to take
part in it makes a nation militarily powerless against neighbours,
administratively unable to control its own citizens, and culturally
incapable of speaking the international language’.

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