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Political Change and Underdevelopment A Critical Introduction to Third World Politics by Vicky Randall, Robin Theobald

Political Change and Underdevelopment A Critical Introduction to Third World Politics



Political Change and Underdevelopment A Critical Introduction to Third World Politics by Vicky Randall, Robin Theobald

This clearly-written and comprehensive introductory text provides a critical review of the principal theoretical approaches to the study of Third World politics in the second half of the twentieth century. Arguments are illustrated by examples drawn from a wide and diverse range of regions and countries. All chapters have been extensively amended and updated for this substantially revised edition to include such developments as the debt crisis and democratisation, and a new chapter has been added on the impact of globalisation on the postcolonial world.


'This second edition of Political Change and Underdevelopment is certainly an important contribution to the understanding of the continuities and changes existing between classical and novel theoretical debates on Third World politics.' - Patricio Silva, The European Journal of Development Research 'This work, in its detailed appraisal of complex concepts and analytical literature, provides a textured understanding of the stengths and weaknesses of development theory.' - Heather Deegan, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 'The book provides a lucid and critical overview of the development of theories of development, from the crudely teleological modernisation theories of the 1950s, to more recent post-colonial democratisation and globalisation approaches, many of which problematise the very notion of a third world.' - Susan Carruthers, Times Higher Education Supplement'

About the Author

VICKY RANDALL is Reader in Government, University of EssexROBIN THEOBALD is Principal Lecturer in Sociology, University of Westminster and Visiting Lecturer, City University, London

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Publication date

26th August 1998


Vicky Randall, Robin Theobald

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Palgrave Macmillan


294 pages


Political science & theory
Colonialism & imperialism
National liberation & independence, post-colonialism
Political structures: democracy



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