Divergence and Convergence in International Development: A Decomposition Analysis of Inequality in the World System Academic Article uri icon


  • The "convergence hypothesis' of conventional modernisation theory suggests that the nations of the world are becoming more similar. Critics have argued that nations are diverging and becoming dissimilar over time. This paper brings unique data, analytic procedures, and a world-system perspective to bear on this debate. Suggests that world-system theory provides a framework for explaining the simultaneous occurrence of both convergence and divergence. Specifically, the logic of world-system theory suggests that divergence occurs between the three zones of nations (core, semiperiphery and periphery), whereas convergence occurs within them. -from Authors

published proceedings

  • American Sociological Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Peacock, W. G., Hoover, G. A., & Killian, C. D

citation count

  • 39

complete list of authors

  • Peacock, Walter Gillis||Hoover, Greg A||Killian, Charles D

publication date

  • December 1988