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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.

From a School to a Perspective and Study of One's Own: The Case of Democratisation
From a school to a perspective and study of one's own: The case of democratisation

The purpose of the critical analysis of the schools contained in Part 2 was to help the reader form a picture of, and take a position towards, the various ways of describing and explaining the problems at hand, before making a choice about how to describe and explain, and then moving on. But how does one make this choice? And how does one move on from that point?

It bears stressing that while one ought to know about the different approaches before choosing, this does not mean one must embrace one or the other narrowly defined school. ...

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