Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Politics and Government: Political Science

First Advisor

Ali Dr. Riaz

Second Advisor

Michael Dr. Hendricks


The conceptual framework on violence and social order- by North, Wallis, and Weingast (2009)- categorizes societies into three groups based on how they foster competition, limit violence, and allow citizens access to political and economic organizations. This thesis critically examines this conceptual framework and highlights its drawbacks in explaining economic growth and development in the contemporary global context. This thesis identifies two specific areas of improvement in the conceptual framework of social order: first, by reconceptualizing violence, and second, by integrating the extent of personalism in political parties as critical determinants for categorizing social order. By demonstrating the intricate relationship between the comprehensive concept of violence and various mechanisms of personalization in the political party of China, this thesis contends that the thesis argues that state's extensive capability to control violence and the personalized nature of political processes together undermine the goals of development, which is an individual right to live a life with dignity and freedom.


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