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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.

Analytical Approaches
Analytical approaches

In our efforts to identify what the study of Third World politics and development is and should be about, we have discussed the problem area and the organisation of the inquiry. Now we must also ask how the very analyses may be designed.

Several analytical approaches are possible. At this stage I shall not argue in favour of any one in particular. That might imply using the book to put forward a thesis to the effect that approaches associated with one particular orientation are better than others, before having presented the different schools in a fair, accurate and critically independent way. Only when we have acquired as correct a view as possible of the different orientations, and the approaches related to them, shall ...

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