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Book Review
Last Updated: 01/13/2004
Books Received
Simon Stander

The Peace and Conflict Monitor would like to thank all those publishers who have sent books in for review. We have been unable to respond immediately and review them all. Here is a list of some of the books received in 2003. We will try to publish full reviews in due course.


 

Stanley Aronowitz and Peter Bratsis, Paradigm Lost: State Theory Reconsidered, Minnesota University Press, 2002, pp. 297. A series of articles arguing convincingly for putting state theory and class analysis back into their rightful analytical position in explaining the ills of the world.

 

Steve Ellner and Donald Hellinger, Venezuelan Politics in the Chavez Era: Class, Polarization and Conflict, Lynne Rienner, 2003, pp. 259. Two experts offer a revisionary view of Chavez and Venezuelan politics.

 

Gilbert Rist, The History of Development, Zed Books, 2002 (New and Revised Edition) pp. 286. This scintillating run through development theories cuts through much nonsense written and spoken on the subject, and calls for a revision of economic theory in order to start thinking straight.

 

William I Robinson, Transnational Conflicts: Central America, Social Change and Gloobalization, Verso, 2003 pp.400.  Serious attempt to provide an overarching theory within which to discuss the effects of global capitalism on central America.

 

Amin Saikal and Albrecht Schnabel (edit), Democratization in the Middle East: Experiences, Struggles, Challenges, United Nations Press, 2003, pp 211. A useful series of essays that discuss the possibilities for “sustainable democracy” in the Middle East. Gradualism from the top matched by support and cooperation from civil society is the proposed answer to instability and violence.

 

Frances Stewart et al, War and Underdevelopment (Two Volumes) Oxford, 2003.  Doyens of Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, provide exhaustive arguments, data and case studies explaining the effects of war on developing countries. Case studies: Afghanistan, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Sierra leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Uganda. An expert and professional series of studies.

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