The third edition of this well respected textbook explores the changing nature of politics in the developing world in the twenty-first century. Beginning with an examination of theoretical approaches, leading scholars then go on to discuss the social and cultural context, state governance, as well as key policy issues including the environment and human rights. Finally, a section of in depth case studies allows students to compare the political situation in a wide range of developing countries, from Indonesia and Iraq to India and China.

New chapters on the role of institutions, the transition of the state from conflict to post-conflict, and the impact of international aid ensure that Politics in the Developing World remains the most comprehensive introduction to the subject available. The third edition is fully up-to-date with recent development policies and also explores the impact of important global events, such as the 2008 financial crisis.

The book is accompanied by Online Resource Centre with the following features:

  • Case studies 
  • Flashcard glossary 
  • Study questions 
  • Web links

Lise Rakner

Professor at University of Bergen and Affiliated Research Professor

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