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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.

Towards the Study of Democratisation in the Context of Late Development
Towards the study of democratisation in the context of late development

The new buzzwords of the 1990s are democracy and democratisation.1 It is necessary, first, to specify the concepts one is using. Like most democracy researchers, I find it most fruitful scientifically, and least dubious politically, to start off with a definition of democracy which is narrow and universalist rather than broad and culturally relativist. Most would seem to be agreed that the core of modern democracy is the sovereignty of the people in accordance with the principle of constitutionally guaranteed political equality among citizens or members who are independent enough to express their own will. Or, put in terms more amenable to empirical investigation: ...

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