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Third World Politics: A Concise Introduction

ISBN: 978-0-631-19778-2
240 pages
September 1996, ©1996, Wiley-Blackwell
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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; human rights, particularly women's 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 Southeast Asian financial crisis.

To illustrate the importance of these themes and issues, five developing world regions are examined in detail: Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. While based on Haynes's previous publication, Third World Politics: A Concise Introduction (1996), this is a new book, completely rewritten, with updated regional analyses and data throughout. It concentrates on 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 as well as 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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Table of Contents

List of tables.


State and Society.


Economic Growth and Development.

Religion, Ethnicity and Identity.

Human Rights.

Women and Power.

The Politics of the Natural Environment.




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Author Information

Professor Jeff Haynes is in the Department of Politics and Modern History, London Guildhall University. He is the author of Religion in Third World Politics (1993), Religion and Politics in Africa (1996), Third World Politics (Blackwell, 1996), Democracy and Civil Society in the Third World: Politics and New Political Movements (Polity, 1997), Religion in Global Politics (1998), Democracy in the Developing World: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East (Polity, 2001), and the editor of Religion, Globalization and Political Culture in the Third World (1999), Democracy and Political Change in the 'Third World' (2001), and Towards Sustainable Democracy in the Third World (2001). He is also the author of numerous book chapters, articles and conference papers on various aspects of the developing world and comparative politics.
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“Haynes has written a concise and lucid introduction to the developing world. At the same time, the work is rich in analysis and in empirical examples drawn from a wide variety of developing countries and the political and economic developments occurring within them. Politics in the Developing World is a welcome and an important addition to the growing literature on political and economic development.” Professor Mehran Kamrava, California State University, Northridge <!--end-->
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