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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.

(IV) Class Politics and the Relative Autonomy of the State
(IV) Class politics and the relative autonomy of the state

A criticism often brought against the basis of the dependency school was that its macro-perspective made it difficult to distinguish nuances. Classical dependency theory took little account, for instance, of differences in the policies and actual paths of development followed by different countries and regions. Many of those who were inspired by the dependency approach, therefore, found it important, on the one hand, to learn from the comparative historians' more contextualised studies (which we pointed to in Chapter 6) and, on the other hand, to revise the original dependency argument and to improve on two of its weak points. The first was the claim that virtually ...

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