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gradualism

Geology the theory that explains major changes in rock strata, fossils, etc. in terms of gradual evolutionary processes rather than sudden violent catastrophes

gradualism

[′graj·ə·wə‚liz·əm]
(evolution)
A model of evolution in which change is slow, steady, and on the whole ameliorative, resulting in a gradual and continuous increase in biological diversity. Also known as phyletic gradualism.
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One can see that the gradualists as opposed to what Baregu calls the "rapidist" managed to place breaks on the idea of continental unity.
The gradualists have called for economic integration before political integration, but the rapidest have called for political integration as a means to economic integration.
Having defined the gradualist approach as requiring certain institutional changes before the liberalisation--which no country performed--Havrylyshyn condemns going slowly as 'one of the biggest and most scandalous canards .
It will not make pleasant reading for beleaguered SNP leader John Swinney, as he presides over the Nats' own battle between the fundamentalists - who want independence or nothing - and gradualist wing of the party, who are prepared to win that battle over a longer timescale.
Certainly, the AU and the proposed United States of Africa are regional integration projects, the notable regional powers in Africa: South-Africa and Nigeria (The third being Egypt) are gradualists in the African integration project.
It is not so much about Poland, however, but rather about the decade long experience of postsocialist transformation and about the debates between shock therapist and gradualists that dominated academic and political discussions during this recent decade.
On the one hand there are the Swinney gradualists who, while still claiming to want independence, say they will put the final decision to a referendum if they win a Scottish Parliament election.
This week has shown the SNP split between fundamentalists and gradualists.
While abolishionists demand the end of all child labour, gradualists are advocating a more holistic approach to the problem.
The fundamentalists are Sillars' supporters and the gradualists Salmond's.
The party is not split by a feud between the fundamentalists and gradualists - it's being split due to the way people are treated by Crawford and Russell.
The move threatens to plunge the SNP into civil war, creating a fight for the "soul" of the party between Salmond's gradualists and the hardline independence-or-bust wing.