The Despot’s Accomplice

• Brian Klaas. 2017. The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy. Oxford University Press. Book Length: The reviews should be typed, double-spaced with a maximum of 2,000 words in length. Objective: the objective of the book is twofold. On the one hand, it is an assessment of a scholarly contribution to a major theme in the field of international development. A book review shows your ability to describe the book contents, to analyse the strengths of the book in trying to achieve its purpose, and your creativity (based on your analytical reading) in expressing your own reactions. Some questions to be asked to the text: • What are the author’s principal questions/interests? • What kind of evidence is presented to substantiate the arguments? • Is the argument convincing? Why or why not? Does the author support his or her points adequately? • What is this book’s most significant contribution to the understanding development? • How does this book relate to other books on the same topic? Is the book unique? Does it add new information? What group of readers, if any, would find this book most useful? • How successful do you think the author was in carrying out the overall purposes of the book? • What questions remained unaddressed in the book? The first part (50%) should summarize the argument of the book. The second part (50%) should engage the material critically (i.e. examine the validity of the argument made by the author, internal/external coherence, methodology…). No extra-sources are needed but you may use some if you wish. Specific guidelines for the book reviews will be provided in class. Citation format: In-text citation is Chicago Manual of Style.

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