Sunday, November 4, 2018

Understanding Third World Politics

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This second edition has been extensively revised in order to sharpen its focus and reflect the current preoccupations in the study of Third World politics, especially the potential for sustainable democracy. The chapters on military intervention, bureaucracy and political parties have been revised to enable the implications which these institutions have for processes of democratization to be explored. The old chapter on political stability has been divided into two so that proper attention can be paid to theories of democratic transition and consolidation. The Conclusion contains a discussion
on whether democracy or authoritarianism is preferable for a poor country trying to develop economically and socially.
The provision of a critical introduction to the attempts of political scientists to understand the politics of less developed countries remains the main purpose of the book. While it provides a very wide range of empirical examples from many countries in several continents its central focus is on the

issues and controversies that have dominated the social science of Third World politics since the 1950s and in particular on assessing the main theories that have been formulated that attempt to make systematic and rigorous sense of political change.
The book commences with discussions of two topics that are an essential preparation for what follows: the question of whether there is a ‘Third World’; and the colonial backgrounds of most of today’s less developed countries. To identify the types of society with which the book is concerned

Content :-
List of Tables and Figures
1 The Idea of a ‘Third World’
2 Theories of Imperialism and Colonialism
3 Modernization and Political Development 
4 Neo-colonialism and Dependency 
5 The State in the Third World
6 Political Parties and Party Systems 
7 Bureaucracy and Political Power
8 Military Intervention in Politics
9 Nationalism and Secession 
10 Instability and Revolution 
11 Democratization in the Third World
12 Conclusion: Democracy and Development
Author Details
B. C. Smith
Field Administration: An Aspect of Decentralization
Advising Ministers
Administering Britain (with J. Stanyer)
Policy Making in British Government
Government Departments: An Organisational Perspective (with D. C. Pitt)
The Computer Revolution in Public Administration (edited with D. C. Pitt)
Decentralization: The Territorial Dimension of the State
Bureaucracy and Political Power
Progress in Development Administration (editor)
British Aid and International Trade (with O. Morrissey and E. Horesh)

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