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The Third World Beyond the Cold WarContinuity and Change$
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Louise Fawcett and Yezid Sayigh

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295518

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295510.001.0001

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The Political Dimension

The Political Dimension

Authoritarianism and Democratization

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The Third World Beyond the Cold War

Roland Dannreuther

Oxford University Press

Aims to contribute to the emerging debate over the nature of capitalist development and its relationship to the social and political developments in different regions of the world, by suggesting an analytical framework for assessing the implications of these recent developments for the political structures within developing countries. The first section seeks to isolate the most important structural and international factors that have contributed to the democratizing trend in the developing world. The second section looks beyond these general trends and assesses the existing social, economic and political conditions of most developing countries, focussing, in particular on the continuing internal and external obstacles to democratization. The final section attempts to draw from this analysis an overarching assessment of the direction of political change in the developing world, and the most appropriate models or approaches for understanding the underlying dynamic of these changes.

Keywords:   authoritarianism, capitalism, democratization, developing countries, political change, political structures, socio‐economics

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