The different attempts to explain the nature of Third World politics in terms of encounters with richer countries make reference to the form of the state and the configuration of political interests sometimes articulated by the state and sometimes suppressed by it. There are contrasting theoretical perspectives to assist understanding of the state in the Third World. The nature of the state — the institutions through which legitimate power (political authority) is exercised and enforced — is central to the study of politics in any country. Third World conditions produce additional reasons why the analysis of the state is necessary for an understanding of politics in developing countries.
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- The State and Politics in the Third World
B. C. Smith
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