Civil Society

The American Model And Third World Development


Howard J Wiarda

First Edition • January 17, 2003 • 184 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813340777 • $43.00 USD$56.50 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780813346205 • $25.99 USD$28.99 CAN

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Using case studies from sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and including such critical countries as South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, and Egypt, Civil Society focuses on the processes and politics of dismantling “corporate” (state directed) economies and political systems in the Third World in order to move toward civil societies of free associability and democracy and the limits and pitfalls in this approach.


Howard J. Wiarda is Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations and head of the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia, and Senior Scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He is la member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author or editor of numerous Westview books including An Introduction to Latin American Politics and Development (with Harvey Kline) and Civil Society: The American Model and Third World Development. He is also a contributing co-editor (with Harvey Kline) of Latin American Politics and Development, Sixth Edition (2007, Westview).

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“Wiarda is one of the leading scholars of ‘corporatism,’ and he has been for decades.”
—Phil Kelly, professor of political science, Emporia State University

“Will stimulate thought and debate over the western model of civil society and its application in the less developed world.”
—Michael Kryzanek, Chair of the Department of the Political Science, Bridgewater State College

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