• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What extent is the west to blame for the failure of the global south to achieve economic growth?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What extent is the west to blame for the failure of the global south to achieve economic growth? 'The law of the strongest is often the only law'1 This is one of the many factors highlighted by the Fair Trade Organisation. The fair trade organisation is one of the components that help to explain the economic split between the global north and south. Other components such as corporate responsibility, globalisation or Americanisation and capitalism are also all components that can help to a***s how much involvement the west have for the economic split between the global north and south. These factors will be examined in detail. The notion of an economic spilt between the global south and north can be put down to many factors. However the most prominent factor dates back to the era of colonial times. The Europeans turned to Africa for labour and thus the slave trade began. Prior to the industrial revolution Britain was in the backwater. However they were able to conquer the world with slavery. Strong religious elements from Christianity, which taught to Britain go fourth and conquer, thus markets were opened up, while the armed forces and the navy were the only protectors of trade. Western countries are generally looked upon as rich nations who have a 'higher per capita product' This is mainly due to the fact that western society have access to modern technology hence they are more economically developed nations. In contrast to this, the global south tends to have a much low per capita income. It can be said that the two groups are 'completely isolate from each other and indeed have no knowledge of each others existence'2 this idea however is not totally unrealistic, until European explorers in the late fifth century. ...read more.

Middle

This seems like a clear violation on the people of the south that the west feel they can get a way with. This therefore shows that if the west does nothing to prevent problems in the south, and that they are very responsible for the economic disparity within the global South. The way in which the gap must be bridged in order to do this to provide them with food to get ride of hunger and malnutrition, give them access to birth control methods which will help solve the problem of an increasing population, rich countries could help by providing their governments with information and research and contraception. They need to introduce educational and technical training so the developing nations can adopt scientific and technological methods of production. However just giving food isn't the best answer. It only provides a short-term solution. If food is sent it will put the local farmers out of business. If money is sent such as Live Aid it will not actually solve any problem. This is because Ethiopia didn't actually have a food shortage problem, as a pose to the fact that their land was being used for agriculture to export, and they couldn't afford to by food on the international market. This again highlights how the west trivialise the southern issues and prevents them form entering the global trade phenomenon. In 1967 the US had 187 parent companies, which were responsible for three quarter of all investment from the US. They had 2600 subsidiaries in underdeveloped countries such as Latin America, Africa and Asia. The activities that were undertaken where manufacturing and the extraction of raw materials. ...read more.

Conclusion

However much the governments and corporation and nations try to defend and justify their action, they have had a direct negative impact on the global southern society. According to the fair trade organisation 'Everyone has a right to a decent existence. Irrespective of the colour of their skin, their origins and the country in which they live.'7 This is Cleary not what is happening in the world today. From the evidence stated, it can be stated that western society defiantly have had a huge direct impact on the poor economic growth of the global south. However the indirect impact on the southern economies is even greater. Through the western countries impact on southern countries health and working condition, they have had a direct impact on the southern countries infrastructure, and thus there economies. Across the globe from India to Africa to Latin America, these countries have been countries with natural resources and the potential to prosper economically. However whether it can be seen as the continuous bombardment of white superiority or simply the strong taking advantage of the weak, these prosperous lands and people have been dredged down. It can therefore be concluded that the west has had a tremendous negative impact on the economies of the global southern countries. The US is the global power of the world. The extreme capitalist agenda of the American governments has ensured that they are kept at the top, regardless of how there decisions affect the rest of the world. 1 www.Fairtrade.org 2 North over South, S. Bandyopadhyaiya, 1971, pg4 3 Rise to Globalism, Stephen E. Ambrose and Douglas G. Brinkley, 1971, pg96 4 Urban policy, Hisch and Mohl,1993,pg97 5 American Empire, Andrew J. Bacevich, 2002, pg 20 6 Rise to Globalism, Stephen E. Ambrose and Douglas G. Brinkley, 2002, pg34 7 www.fairtrade.org ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level UK, European & Global Economics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level UK, European & Global Economics essays

  1. Is the United Nations a success or failure?

    it was paralysed during the crisis by the rule of unanimity, inherited from 19th century conferences, and the absence of several major powers i.e. Germany, Britain etc, made it unrepresentative. When the UN was established the Security Council had hoped to improve on these areas.

  2. "Liverpool's slave trade was the centre of a global commerce and an important factor ...

    The 18th Century saw Liverpool's rise to the position of what was sometimes referred to as "Britain's second city", and dominance over the British slave trade. The figures bear this out - in 1730, London and Bristol held the monopoly on the Atlantic trade, with only 15 slave ships leaving

  1. Why did the colonial powers develop a need for African Slavery?

    Sixty years later Augustine would reinforce the protection of the institution of slavery. Rome's association with slavery was thus validated and the philosophy of accepting one's position promoted by canonising both of the above. Pope Gregory I gave papal sanction to racial discrimination in 600A.D: "a hidden dispensation of providence

  2. Why did it take until 1833 for the British government to illegalise the transatlantic ...

    Throughout the slavery period, there had always been voices against the trade, but no one had ever made a significant change to the law until the abolitionist committee was formed, or did the? In 1689 John Locke wrote "Slavery is so vile and miserable an estate of man, and so

  1. Why has GDP growth been so slow in Somalia?

    In South Central Somalia valuable agricultural land and urban real estate have been taken over byarmed clans for economic gains. These stronger clans have grabbed rich plantations and real estate owned by agricultural clans and indigenous groups, often leading to their displacement or enslavement.

  2. The Economic Crisis. Right now in America, we are in an economic crisis ...

    Massive defaults and foreclosures soon followed. In March 2007, the U.S value subprime mortgage is about $1.3 trillion; $7.5 million of that is bad. The subprime mortgage is what eventually caused the housing market to crash. The crash of the housing market was due to borrowers' unable to pay mortgages, millions of borrowers' houses face repossession.

  1. Why do some corrupt regimes do very well and others badly?

    Why has India over the decades grown more slowly than Indonesia despite less corruption? A survey conducted for World Development Report some years ago, find one answer. Businessmen in surveyed countries said that the main problem with corruption was that it increases risks and uncertainties.

  2. Is it fair to blame investment bankers for the global downturn ?

    This how we gained his expertise. This expertise of 19 years strengthens his perspective as he has gained the relevant knowledge and skills to talk about this topic with credibility. However, his trade is between (mainly) US and China thus may so it is questionable to whether his experience can

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work