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Introduction to Politics of the Developing World: Political Challenges and Changing Agendas, 6th Edition

  • Mark Kesselman
  • ISBN-10: 1111834164
  • ISBN-13: 9781111834166
  • 432 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Updated to reflect today's political climate, the Sixth Edition of INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS OF THE DEVELOPING WORLD: POLITICAL CHALLENGES AND CHANGING AGENDAS offers a country-by-country approach that allows students to fully examine similarities and differences among countries in the developing world. Each chapter offers an analysis of political challenges and changing agendas within countries and provides detailed descriptions and analyses of the politics of individual countries. At the same time, the country studies have common section and subsection headings to help students make meaningful connections and comparisons about the countries that are presented. INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS OF THE DEVELOPING WORLD: POLITICAL CHALLENGES AND CHANGING AGENDAS , Sixth Edition, consists of 7 country case studies and provides a clear and comprehensive guide to how these unsettled times shape politics in the developing world.


  • The four key themes, A World of States, Governing the Economy, the Democratic Idea, and the Politics of Collective Identities, help students make meaningful connections among the countries that are covered.

  • The consistent section heads found in each chapter facilitate cross-national comparison and student understanding.

  • Vignettes about recent political developments in each country at the beginning of each chapter engage students and underscore particular features of each country's political patterns.

  • The book's framework involves four key themes--A World of States, Governing the Economy, the Democratic Idea, and the Politics of Collective Identities. They enable students to organize the study of individual countries that are covered in the book and to compare institutions and processes among countries.


"[What makes this book unique and distinctive is the]..notion of historical junctures and political themes. I really like this element with regard to this text. In addition, I like how the authors include a section about ways in which these political systems are in transition…"
— Debra Holzhauer, Southeast Missouri State University

About the Author

Mark Kesselman

Mark Kesselman is senior editor of the International Political Science Review and professor emeritus of political science at Columbia University. His research focuses on the political economy of French and European politics. His publications include The Ambiguous Consensus (1967), The French Workers Movement (1984), The Politics of Globalization: A Reader (2012), and The Politics of Power (2013). His articles have appeared in The American Political Science Review, World Politics, and Comparative Politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing Politics of the Developing World.
2. China.
3. India.
4. Mexico.
5. Brazil.
6. South Africa.
7. Nigeria.
8. Iran.

New to this edition

  • The narrative has been reduced by approximately 25%, striking a balance of supporting students with little or no background in political science and maintaining the coverage of the complexity of issues and events.
  • The addition of a new chapter on South Africa (Chapter 11) contributes to the balanced and global coverage of the text and includes topics such as Apartheid, Electoral Trends, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Updated chapter opening vignettes engage students and highlight current features of each country's political patterns. New topics include the Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese literary critic, writer, and political activist (Chapter 2) and the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil (Chapter 5).
  • New and updated examples throughout the text reflect today's political climate. New examples include how the 2011 demonstrations that brought down the presidents of both Tunisia and Egypt have affected Iran (Chapter 8) and coverage of the 2011 Nigeria election.
  • The new marginal definitions of key terms help students understand important concepts.
  • The new marginal focus questions encourage critical thinking and introduce students to the key themes of the section before they read.