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Politics in the Developing World. A Concise Introduction. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 3797232
  • Book
  • August 2002
  • Region: Global
  • 312 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Purposefully written for those coming to politics for the first time, this textbook provides an exploration and analysis of the most important political issues affecting the Developing World. Offering a different perspective from standard texts in this field,
Politics in the Developing World encourages an understanding of the breadth and nature of a range of pressing – and previously understated – issues: the striving for democracy; the political consequences of economic growth and development; the struggle of religious and ethnic minorities; women′s and human rights; the impact of globalization; and the politics of the natural environment. In doing so, the interaction of domestic and global factors affecting many of the Developing World countries is highlighted and a new qualitatively different set of concerns is identified. Some have resulted from recent international changes following the demise of the soviet bloc, including the shift to democracy in South Africa, and the ramifications of the late 1990s South East Asian financial crisis.

To illustrate the importance of these themes and issues five Developing World regions are focused on and explored in detail: Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, East and South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub–Saharan Africa. While based on Haynes′ previous publication, Third World Politics: A Concise Introduction (1996), this is a new book, completely rewritten, with updated regional analyses and data throughout. It focuses upon changes in the Developing World in the last decade, with an increased focus on its international relations, complementing those chapters concerned with domestic issues.

An ideal introduction and an invitation to further study, this text is essential reading for introductory students studying a range of courses including development studies, global politics, world politics, Developing World politics, comparative politics, and international relations.

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List of Tables.

1. Politics, Economics And Societies In The Developing World At The New Millennium:.

The Book s Structure.

What s In A Name: Developing World , Third World , Or The South ?.

Domestic And External Factors In Explaining Outcomes In Developing Countries.

Modernization And Dependency Theories.

The Analytical Importance Of Structure And Contingency.


2. Globalization And International Relations:.

Positive And Negative Globalization.

The Impact Of Technological, Economic, Political, And Cultural Globalization.

The International Relations Of The Developing World.

Conclusion: Globalization, Regionalization And The Developing World.

3. Economic Growth And Development:.

Development And Inequality At The Start Of The Twenty–First Century.

Economic Polarization In The Developing World: The 1980s And 1990s.

Economic Reform In Developing Countries.


4. Democratisation And Democracy:.

The Third Wave Of Democracy In The Developing World.

Democracy In The Developing World: The Regional Picture.

Accounting For Democracy: The Comparative Importance Of Domestic And External Factors.

Case Studies: South Africa And Indonesia.


5. Religious And Ethnic Conflict:.

Defining Religion And Ethnicity.

The Political Salience Of Religion In The Developing World: Domestic And International Factors.

Regional Analysis: Religio–Ethnic Conflict In The Developing World.


6. Human Rights:.

What Are Human Rights?.

Human Rights In The Developing World: Domestic And External Factors.

Collectivist And Individualist Conceptions Of Human Rights.

Regional Analysis: Political Rights, Civil Liberties, And Human Development In The Developing World.


7. Women And Gender:.

Gender Discrimination And Poverty In The Developing World.

Women s Empowerment: Feminist And Feminine Groups.

The Socio–Economic Position Of Females In The Developing World.

The Impact Of Structural Adjustment And Globalization On Poor Females.

Regional Analysis: A Woman s Place.


8. Politics Of The Natural Environment:.

From Stockholm To Kyoto: 25 Years Of Growing International Environmental Awareness.

Environmental Crisis In The Developing World.

Environmental Concerns And Politics In The Developing World: The Domestic Dimension.

The External Dimension Of Environmental Protection: The IMF, The World Bank And Greenpeace International.

Case Studies: Environmental Groups In The Developing World.


9. Conclusion:.

Domestic Factors: Political Participation, Civil Society And Economic Development.

International Factors.

Conclusion: The Future.

Appendix 1: Useful Websites.

Appendix 2: Freedom House Survey Methodology.



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Jeffrey Haynes
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