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Political Change In The Third World
Political Change In The Third World
By Charles F. Andrain
Unwin Hyman, 1988, 296 pp

The author analyzes five countries-Vietnam, Cuba, Chile, Nigeria and Iran-which have gone through political change, to discuss why and how it took place and what kind of new regime emerged, to make comparisons and to evaluate theory and practice. The five cases do not run parallel, the interpretations are not beyond dispute, and the facts do not always fit the themes and the models. But there is no reason to quarrel with the conclusion that the "bureaucratic-authoritarian" system has proved the most successful in maintaining power in the Third World.