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.

The Subdiscipline

The subdiscipline

The very political aspects of Third World development have rarely been addressed in their own right. Usually, they have rather been analysed in the margins of three more fashionable frameworks: the study of political modernisation, Third World politics, and the politics of development. There is a need to organise the work in a more fruitful way.

Political Modernisation

Development in general, as we know, is a value-laden concept. Similarly, political development (development of politics, that is) has hitherto been related primarily to the study of equally disputed modernisation. We shall return to the details when discussing the various schools of thought in the second part of the book, but let us sketch some characteristics with relevance to the organisation of the studies.

The point of ...

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