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Comparative Politics of the Global South: Linking Concepts and Cases, 4th edition

December Green and Laura Luehrmann
Comparative Politics of the Global South: Linking Concepts and Cases, 4th edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-650-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-690-8
2017/563 pages/LC: 2016059509
7"x10" format
Praise for the previous editions:

"This book outshines any other text I have seen.... The authors do a wonderful job of synthesizing a great  deal of information and presenting it in terms that should engage an audience of undergraduates."—Dwight Hahn, John Carroll University

"The writing style is lively and the detail is impressive.... another welcome innovation is the welding together of the discussion of key issues with the eight country cases."—Ross Burkhart, Boise State University


In this now classic text, December Green and Laura Luehrmann show how history, economics, and politics converge to create the realities of life in the Global South.

The authors offer an innovative blend of theory and empirical material as they introduce the politics of what was once called the "third world." They consistently link theoretical concepts to a set of eight contemporary case studies: China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, and Zimbabwe.

Features of the fourth edition, revised and updated from cover to cover, include:

• An entirely new case study, Egypt.
• Analysis of the status of regime transitions around the world.
• A "report card" on the Millennium Development Goals.
• Attention to the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the New Development Bank.
• More discussion of contentious politics, social mobilization, and everyday forms of resistance.
• New material on such continuing challenges as migration, human trafficking, weapons proliferation, pandemic diseases, and the impact of climate change.

The result is a text that has been successfully designed to challenge students' preconceptions, arouse their curiosity, and foster critical thinking.


December Green and Laura Luehrmann are professors of political science at Wright State University.


  • Comparing and Defining a Complex World.
  • Precolonial History: What Once Was, and Why It Matters.
  • How Colonialism Changed Everything.
  • Independence: In Name Only?
  • Linking Concepts and Cases.
  • Sustainable Human Development: A Progress Report.
  • Adjustments, Conditions, and Alternatives.
  • Linking Concepts and Cases.
  • Civil Society Takes on the State.
  • Militaries, Militias, Guerrillas, and Terrorists.
  • Linking Concepts and Cases.
  • Transitions: Democracy, Dictatorship, and the Messy Middle.
  • Authoritarian Backlash: Freedom in Decline?
  • Linking Concepts and Cases.
  • Sovereignty and the Role of International Organizations.
  • Confronting Global Challenges.
  • Linking Concepts and Cases.
  • Global South Perspectives on the United States.
  • Linking Concepts and Cases.
  • Looking Forward: Contested Images of Power.