• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Political and Scientific Conjunctures
Political and scientific conjunctures

Before turning to a review of the various schools of thought, however, it is important to sketch, in an integrated fashion, the context which left its imprint on the study of politics and late development, especially with regard to normative ingredients and policy prescriptions. For social scientific theories and analyses are not simply the result of an internal process of renewal within each respective field. This applies in the highest degree, moreover, to inquiries into Third World politics and development.

The Colonial and Anti-Colonial Inheritance

Most studies of politics and development prior to the Second World War were influenced by the needs of the mother countries (and of neo-colonial powers such as the USA) for expertise about old and new ...

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