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10 DEVELOPING COUNTRIES -- Part 9
It seems premature to say that a world of states or an age of globalization has come to an end.
It is more provocative to claim that a new era is upon us, whether it is a utopia of prosperity and peace or a dystopia of inequality and conflict.
In Chapter 1, we saw that politics is one arena where new activities come to define our lives.
The resulting institutions can become ossified and break down.
Some of the new institutions produce more human happiness and some less.
We don't know if we face major changes in our political institutions.
We don't know if the changes will be a path to progress or a blow to humanity.
The study of comparative politics is critical if domestic political institutions matter.
You are now a part of that important work.
The idea of a profound change in institutions is subject to debate.
The struggle over freedom and equality could evolve as a result of this transformation.
Both values can be measured between states.
As new ways of thinking about individual choice and collective aspiration emerge, the meaning of freedom and equality may evolve.
It is possible that these changes will lead to greater stability, peace, and prosperity for humanity.
The path, states and nations, regimes, ideologies, and culture continue to play a dominant role in driving domestic politics and world affairs.
Comparative politics gives us the ability to look at the future and play a role in shaping the course of human progress.
The North American Free Trade Agreement is an intergovernmental organization.
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