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Political Development

1st Edition

By Damien Kingsbury


238 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415401883
pub: 2007-06-28
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This book fills a growing gap in the literature on international development by addressing the debates about good governance and institution-building within the context of political development.

Political Development returns the key issues of human rights and democratization to the centre of the development debate and offers the reader an alternative to the conventional approach to, and definition of, the idea of ‘development’. Discussing political development in its broadest context, it includes chapters on democracy, institution-building, the state, state failure, nation, human rights and political violence.

Damien Kingsbury, a leading expert on development and Southeast Asia, argues that ‘good governance’, in its common usage, is too narrowly defined and that good governance is not just about ensuring the integrity of a state’s financial arrangements, but that it goes to the core social and political issues of transparency and accountability, implying a range of social structures defined as ‘institutions’.

Providing new insights into political development, this comprehensive text can be used on advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in international development, comparative politics, political theory and international relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Outline of Political Development 2. Structure and Agency 3. The Nation 4. The State 5. Civil and Political Rights 6. Democracy 7. Democratisation 8. Institution Building 9. State and Regime Failure 10. Violence and Resolution. Conclusion

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General