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Development (Chien)

Metaphors: Infiltration / Gradual achievement / Gradual progress


Social In order to engender lasting development, a sustainable policy cycle should act slowly over an extended period of time, both to establish cooperative relationships and to increase its own influence so that its initiatives carry weight.

Sub-conditions:

1. Difficulties and criticism experienced by the sustainable policy cycle in the early phases of its action may ensure successful development by preventing excessive haste. (Resulting in: Community).

2. The initial success of the sustainable policy cycle provides it with a sense of security and encouragement as a basis for further action and collaboration. (Resulting in: Penetrating clarity).

3. The sustainable policy cycle will succeed if it avoids provoking conflict and concentrates on developing and protecting its own position. (Resulting in: Recognition).

4. If the process of development places the sustainable policy cycle in an awkward or dangerous position, it should be adaptable in order to locate a secure position from which to continue its action. (Resulting in: Withdrawal).

5. Due to action by those of inferior values, once it is in a position of influence the sustainable policy cycle may become isolated and be temporarily misjudged by those on whom it is most dependent. (Resulting in: Inaction).

6. Once the work of a sustainable policy cycle of superior values is completed it can become a striking example for those who may follow in its stead. (Resulting in: Obstruction).

Transformation sequence Development permits the establishment of elective affinities. (Resulting in: Elective affinity).


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Earlier version in 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986).

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