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Third World Politics
An Introduction
Christopher Clapham

"If the life of the citizens of the third world is to be improved the emphasis must be on the here and now or, as Clapham puts it, 'the problem is not where you should be trying to go but how you should get there.' . . . This is a splendid book which should not only find its place on student reading lists but can be read with great profit by specialists within the field."—John A. Wiseman, London Times Higher Education Supplement

"Extremely readable and worthwhile. . . . Clapham's work provides a balanced and insightful perspective of an area which is as complex and diverse as the many countries which comprise its whole."—Journal of International Law & Politics

"To write a summary of Third World Politics is a nearly impossible task. . . . Professor Clapham has been able to present a challenging analysis that is worthy of attention. . . . This book is recommended to any Latin Americanist who wishes to put Latin America in the context of the Third World. It is written in clear English without complex statistical data."—Latin America in Books

"It is precisely Christopher Clapham's sense of the essence of politics that commends his useful little book. Although not specifically devoted to Africa, his first love does show through in many of the examples chosen. The essential practicality of his approach is well demonstrated in the fact that a third of the book is given over to three chapters entitled: 'Managing the State,' 'Managing the Economy,' and 'Managing the External Political Arena.' "—Richard Rathbone, The International Journal of African Historical Studies

Christopher Clapham, senior lecturer in politics at the University of Lancaster, England, is author of Liberia and Sierra Leone: An Essay of Comparative Politics and editor (and contributor to) Foreign Policy Making in Developing States: A Comparative Analysis.

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May 1985
LC: 84-025637 D 256 pp.

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