This book is a welcome new edition, which completely updates and revises the very popular first edition, Politics and Society in the Third World. Mehran Kamrava has brought the book in line with the major changes in global politics, and the politics and social issues of the developing world.
The book examines key issues such as democratisation: civil society organisations and NGOs, 'political society', state collapse, democratic bargains and transition, consolidation and problems of legitimacy, elections, multi-party politics; industrial development; dependency theory and globalisation; the roles of the IMF and the World Bank, the GATT and other multinational institutions; urbanisation; social change; the increasing influence of western values, capital and institutions; urbanisation; social change; the increasing influence of western values, capital and institutions; political culture: its role and impact in newly democratic developing countries; revolution; and gives more examples from Africa, East Asia and rural societies.
From reviews of the first edition: 'I welcome this multidisciplinary approach to the study of the Third World which covers social and cultural aspects in addition to politics and economics….Its strength lies in its broad coverage…and its attention to not only politics but industrialization, urbanization, social change, political culture and revolutions.' Cameron Ross, Oberlin College, Ohio
' …a profound contribution to the theory of Third World development politics. What adds to the analysis, however, is the author's impressive knowledge of Third World countries, including their social and political systems.' Barbara M. Yarnold, JD, Florida International University
1. Political systems and processes 2. Industrial development 3. Urbanisation 4. Social Change 5. Political culture 6. Revolutions 7. Civil society and democratisation