What Is the Difference Between Modernization Theory and Dependency Theory?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 12:37:54 AM ET

The difference between modernization theory and dependency theory is that one explains how developed states operate and grow, while the other explains the exact opposite. Modernization theory explains the progress and development of technology in more stable regions of the world. Dependency theory observes and explains the effects modernization in one region has on other parts of the world. Dependency theory is more inclusive than modernization theory.