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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.


This is a book for students of politics who are also interested in addressing problems of development in the so-called Third World (and for students of development who also wish to consider in depth its political aspects); for students, that is, who may need an introduction to the subject, to the main schools of thought, and to how one can go about planning a critical study of one's own – a study which questions the conventional truth.

In other words, this is not a book in favour of universal studies of ‘political development’ (which usually take experiences in the West as the point of departure), of specific studies of Third World politics as such, or of interdisciplinary studies of the politics of development. Rather, it ...

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