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Introduction

The study of Third World politics is in disarray. This is partly the result of the success of researchers who have produced an explosion of empirical work over the last twenty-five years or so. Because so much is known in so many diverse sub-fields, the task of those who would bring coherence to the field and generate broad theoretical insights has become enormously difficult. This problem affects the field of political science generally, 1 but it is especially acute for those seeking to draw together studies of Asia, Africa and Latin America since the cultural and other complexities that arise are so daunting.