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Understanding the nature and types of underdevelopment is the key to analyzing the degree of severity in which a state is underdeveloped The term underdeveloped can describe several different situations These different types of underdevelopment are economic social and political Underdeveloped nations may experience a combination of these types ranging in different degrees of severity These different types also affect each other as they naturally interact Handelman explained this perfectly when he said that wealthier more educated countriestend to be more stable responsive and democratic than desperately poor nations 11 More economically advanced countries can educate more of their population and provide better health care An educated citizenry in turn contributes to economic growth and participates in politics more responsibly 10 These aspects clearly influence each other and thus can influence progress or regression Religion also plays a huge role in the nature of a society If that society is based on a particular religion and the government subscribes to that religious doctrine then the society will follow the religion before it follows the example of other societies thus impeding progress However depending on the religious movement progressive religion can actually provide a median for progress In Latin America the progressive Church offered a shield against political repression and a voice for the poor As different as they are Islamic revivalism and the progressive Catholic Church both received much of the impetus from government repression and corruption In short the resurgence of Third World religion was in part a reaction to the deficiencies of modernization and the political-economic order 43 Religious fundamentalism can cause hostility within a state as well as strained relations with other states
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