Understanding Third World Politics, Third Edition

Understanding Third World Politics, Third Edition

Theories of Political Change and Development
B. C. Smith
Distribution: Canada and United States of America
Publication date: 05/18/2009
Format: Paperback 1 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-22104-9
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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.

Author Bio

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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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