Understanding Third World Politics, Third Edition: Theories Of Political Change And Development

Paperback | May 18, 2009

byB. C. Smith, Brian C Smith

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Now in its third edition, Understanding Third World Politics is a comprehensive, critical introduction to key political theories and controversies in international development for students in Third World politics, political and economic development, and comparative government courses. B. C. Smith reviews the shared and increasingly diverse experiences of developing societies, debates about the nature of imperialism, and the usefulness and limitations of the term "Third World" as an organizing concept. He evaluates explanations of political change and theorizes the character and dynamics of political institutions and the instabilities they face today.

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Now in its third edition, Understanding Third World Politics is a comprehensive, critical introduction to key political theories and controversies in international development for students in Third World politics, political and economic development, and comparative government courses. B. C. Smith reviews the shared and increasingly div...

B. C. Smith is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Dundee. He is author of Bureaucracy and Political Power.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:May 18, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253221048

ISBN - 13:9780253221049

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Table of Contents

1. The Idea of a "Third World"
2. Modernization and Political Development
3. Neo-Colonialism and Dependency
4. The State in the Third World
5. Political Parties and Party Systems
6. Bureaucracy and Political Power
7. Military Intervention in Politics
8. Nationalism and Succession
9. Instability and Revolution
10. Democratization in the Third World
11. Conclusion

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"This masterful and concise volume overviews the range of approaches social scientists have applied to explain events in the Third World. Controversial conceptualizations such as dependency, authoritarianism, and modernization are insightfully juxtaposed. The resulting comparison and contrast of theories provides a useful summary of relevant analyses produced by academics during the decades since the 1940s." -Journal of Developing Areas