Political Development by Damien Kingsbury

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This book fills a growing gap in the literature on international development by addressing the debates about good governance and institution-building within the context of political development.


Political Development returns the key issues of human rights and democratization to the centre of the development debate and offers the reader an alternative to the conventional approach to, and definition of, the idea of ‘development’. Discussing political development in its broadest context, it includes chapters on democracy, institution-building, the state, state failure, nation, human rights and political violence.


Damien Kingsbury, a leading expert on development and Southeast Asia, argues that ‘good governance’, in its common usage, is too narrowly defined and that good governance is not just about ensuring the integrity of a state’s financial arrangements, but that it goes to the core social and political issues of transparency and accountability, implying a range of social structures defined as ‘institutions’.


Providing new insights into political development, this comprehensive text can be used on advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in international development, comparative politics, political theory and international relations.

 

About Damien Kingsbury

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Damien Kingsbury is a professor and Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Development, and Human Rights at Deakin University. He was coordinator of Australian NGO observer missions to Timor-Leste's ballot for independence, and its 2007 and 2012 elections, and is a regular visitor to Timor-Leste. He is author of East Timor: The Price of Liberty, and editor or co-editor of two other books on Timor-Leste's politics.
 
Published August 7, 2007 by Routledge. 247 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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