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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.

(VI) The Primacy of Institutions
(VI) The primacy of institutions
From Earlier to Renewed Discussion

We are now approaching the contemporary discussion. The original modernisation and dependency paradigms can therefore be regarded as matters of history in the main. Yet many researchers still carry the old orientations with them like a kind of ballast – for the most part in the positive balancing sense, but also to some extent like skeletons in the closet.

Exciting research is still produced, moreover, within the framework of the revisionist schools. As we shall see, many of today's democracy studies, for example, have their roots in revised modernisation perspectives. The arguments about rent-seeking politicians and bureaucrats, moreover, still play an important role, and so do those of class politics.

It bears stressing, finally, ...

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