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Politics in the Developing World

Fifth Edition

Edited by Peter Burnell, Vicky Randall, and Lise Rakner

Publication Date - May 2017

ISBN: 9780198737438

496 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

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The only introduction to politics in the developing world to combine theoretical approaches, society-state relations, and policies with a series of illustrative country-based case studies


An impressive line-up of international contributors provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to politics in the developing world. The first four parts explore the theoretical approaches, the changing nature and role of the state, and the major policy issues that confront all developing countries. The final parts set out a diverse range of country case studies, representing all the main geographical regions. These country case studies illustrate the themes introduced in the thematic chapters and highlight the developing world as a place of diversity and rapid transformations. Readers are provided with the tools to appreciate the perspectives of developing countries.

The fifth edition has been thoroughly updated to address topical issues and themes, including refugee movements; the rise of the so-called Islamic State; organised crime; gender; the role of new forms of communication in political mobilization; and the replacement of Millennium Development Goals by Sustainable Development Goals. Two new country case studies have been added: Syria and the Sudan.


  • An impressive line-up of international contributors offer a diverse range of perspectives
  • Its broad scope encompasses theoretical approaches, the historical and economic context, society-state relations, and the evolution of policy, whilst also drawing together case studies from all the key geographical regions

About the Author(s)

Peter Burnell is Professor of Politics and International Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.

Vicky Randall is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Essex.

Lise Rakner is Head of Department in the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen.


"Burnell, Rakner, and Randall offer us a comprehensive overview of politics in the developing world and a perfect blend of real world empirics and social science theory. If you are looking for an ideal textbook, this is it." --Nancy Berneo, Nuffield Chair of Comparative Politics, University of Oxford

"Clearly written and systematically presented, this textbook contains a wealth of information around the core themes in development studies. The combination of theoretical and conceptual debats with specific case studies provides students with a solid introduction to the subject." --Renske Doorenspleet, Associate Professor in Comparative Politics, University of Warwick

Table of Contents

    Part I Approaches and global context
    1. Changing analytical approaches to the study of politics in the developing world, Vicky Randall
    2. Colonialism and post-colonial development, James Chiriyankandrath
    3. Institutional perspectives, Lise Rakner and Vicky Randall
    4. The developing world in the global economy, Robert Ahearne
    5. The developing world in international politics, Stephen Hobden
    Part II Society and state
    6. Inequality, Jenny Pearce
    7. Ethnopolitics and nationalism, James R. Scarritt and Johanna Birnir
    8. Religion, Jeff Haynes
    9. Women and gender, Vicky Randall
    10. Civil society, Marina Ottaway
    11. Social movements and alternative politics, Siri Gloppen
    Part III State and society
    12. The Modern State: Characteristics, Capabilities, and Consequences, Anna Persson
    13. Violent conflict and intervention, Astri Suhrke and Torunn Wimpelmann Chaudhary
    14. Democracy and regime change, Lise Rakner
    15. Governance, Lise Rakner
    Part IV Policy issues
    16. Development, Tony Addison
    17. Environment, Peter Newell
    18. Human rights, Michael Freeman
    Part V Regime change
    19. Pakistan: regime change or continuing military dominance?, David Taylor
    20. Indonesia: redistributive power, Gyda Maraas Sindre
    21. Syria, Reinoud Leenders
    Part VI Fragile vs strong states
    22. Iraq: from hard state to failed state - or fierce state?, Nicola Pratt and Nadje Al-Ali
    23. Mexico: transition to civil war democracy, Andreas Schedler
    24. South Korea: strong state, successful development, Peter Ferdinand
    Part VII Development and human rights
    25. Nigeria: development, human rights, and democracy, Stephen Wright
    26. Guatemala: enduring underdevelopment, Rachel Sieder
    27. Sudan: Human Rights, Development, and Democracy, Liv Tonnessen
    Part VIII South-south relations
    28. Brazil as a global player?, Leslie Elliott Armijo
    29. China and the developing world, Deborah Brautigam
    30. India as a post-colonial development partner, Emma Mawdsley

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