Understanding Third World Politics: Theories of Political Change and Development / Edition 3

Understanding Third World Politics: Theories of Political Change and Development / Edition 3

by B. C. Smith
     
 

Understanding Third World Politics is a comprehensive, critical introduction to political development and comparative politics in the non-Western world today. Beginning with an assessment of the shared factors that seem to determine underdevelopment, B. C. Smith introduces the major theories of development - development theory, modernization theory, neo-colonialism,… See more details below

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Understanding Third World Politics is a comprehensive, critical introduction to political development and comparative politics in the non-Western world today. Beginning with an assessment of the shared factors that seem to determine underdevelopment, B. C. Smith introduces the major theories of development - development theory, modernization theory, neo-colonialism, and dependency theory - and examines the role and character of key political organizations, political parties, and the military in determining the fate of developing nations. This new edition gives special attention to the problems and challenges faced by developing nations as they become democratic states by addressing questions of political legitimacy, consensus building, religion, ethnicity, and class.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230223585
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
1The Idea of a 'Third World'3
2Theories of Imperialism and Colonialism33
3Modernisation and Political Change61
4Development and Structural Differentiation88
5Neo-colonialism and Sovereignty120
6Dependency, Peripherality and Development142
7The State and Authoritarianism171
8Political Parties and Pluralist Politics198
9Bureaucracy and Political Power221
10Military Intervention in Politics243
11Nationalism and Secession269
12Peasants, Workers and Revolution297
13Stability, Democracy and Development322
14Conclusion357
Bibliography363
Index384

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