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Understanding Third World Politics (4th Edition)

Theories of Political Change and Development

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Understanding Third World Politics gives a comprehensive and critical introduction to the main theories that have been used to understand political change in developing countries.

It examines the variety of political...

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Understanding Third World Politics gives a comprehensive and critical introduction to the main theories that have been used to understand political change in developing countries.It examines the variety of political institutions and processes in the Third World and critical evaluates the major explanatory frameworks used by political scientists to understand them. The discussion is supported throughout by a wide range of topical case studies from around the world – including features on class in Brazil and democracy in India. The book concludes by considering the political instability that so frequently plagues poor countries and by identifying the conditions required to establish democratic stability.The fourth edition has been revised and updated throughout to take account of key political developments, including foreign interventions in the Middle East, state repression in North Africa, and the secession of South Sudan. Engagingly written, this text offers a clear and theoretically rigorous introduction to the politics of the Third World.

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Extremely topical book given the rise of BRICs

Now includes 10 country specific case studies which illustrate various types of political change

Revised and updated to reflect recent political and economic changes such as the Arab Spring uprisings

The Idea of a 'Third World'
The Developing Political System
Neo-colonialism and Dependency
The State and Politics in the Third World
Political Parties and Party Systems
Bureaucracy and Political Power
Military Intervention in Politics
Nationalism and the Politics of Secession
Instability and Revolution
Democratization in the Third World
Conclusion: Democracy and Development.
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B.C. SMITH is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Dundee, UK. His other books include Good Governance and Development, also published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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B.C. SMITH is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Dundee, UK. His other books include Good Governance and Development, also published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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