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.
Chapter 9: (V) Rent-Seeking Politicians and Bureaucrats
(V) Rent-Seeking Politicians and Bureaucrats
No Short Cuts to Progress
It was now the late 1970s and early 1980s. Rapid economic and social development was indeed evident in certain places, and particularly in East and South-East Asia. Yet attention was focused at first on regions where the problems were extensive and earlier expectations had come to naught.
The failure of the political development projects could often be traced to the drastic recommendations of the dependency school or to the ideas of modernisation revisionists about stronger political institutions and state intervention. Increasing numbers of researchers, therefore, came to agree that the problem lay in the deficiencies of the political system and in the underdevelopment of civil society. There was a markedly increased interest in ...