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 1: The Problem Area
The Problem Area
Third World Development
The ultimate reason for this book is what you will not find much about in it – the serious problems of development facing most people in the Third World and also involving the rest of us. Other analysts have already written many good books about those problems. You, being interested in this text, have probably read some of them. Therefore, we shall move ahead instead by focusing on how politics affects (and is affected by) development.
Before doing so, however, what do we mean by development and what is special about the problems in the Third World?
In normal usage, the term ‘development’ is multi-faceted, and usually value-laden too. For scientific purposes, therefore, it is necessary to settle for a ...