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This major textbook provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to the main analytical approaches and their use in the study of third world politics and development. The author outlines the difficulties in the various analytical approaches to the study of development within political science; presents a critical overview of each of the main schools of thought and explores the contemporary issue of democratization to illustrate how students can apply a framework for research and critically develop a perspective on their own.

The Discussion on Third World Politics and Development
The discussion on Third World politics and development

Among the descriptions and explanations of the role of politics in the process of development which have formed the basis for various schools, we can only devote our attention here to the most important ones. What I hope to achieve is an overview without missing essential similarities and differences.

At this point we will use the tools honed in the first part of the book. The point of departure, therefore, is not the themes typical of comparative politics (military coups, the consolidation of democracy, etc.) but the role of politics in processes of development – whereafter we focus on the very dynamics of the political aspects. Moreover, while the following questions ...

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