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States and Development : Historical Antecedents of Stagnation and Advance - Dietrich Rueschemeyer

States and Development

Historical Antecedents of Stagnation and Advance

Paperback Published: 1st August 2005
ISBN: 9781403964939
Number Of Pages: 269

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One of the most important issues in comparative politics is the relationship between the state and society and the implications of different relationships for long-term social and economic development. Exploring the contribution states can make to overcoming collective action problems and creating collective goods favourable to social, economic, and political development, the contributors to this significant volume examine how state-society relations as well as features of state structure shape the conditions under which states seek to advance development and the conditions that make success more or less likely. Particular focus is given to bureaucratic oversight, market functioning, and the assertion of democratic demands discipline state actions and contribute to state effectiveness. These propositions and the social mechanisms underlying them are examined in comparative historical and cross-national statistical analyses. The conclusion will also evaluate the results for current policy concerns.

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"This book adds a whole other dimension of high quality scholarship and history to the age old debate about the state. A really refreshing book that stimulates a lot of interest."

- Alice Amsden, Barton L. Wellor Professor of Political Economy, MIT, Author of The Rise of the "Rest"

"This thought-provoking and remarkably timely volume shows the tremendous benefits of taking the long view. Lange, Rueschemeyer and their colleagues demonstrate that it takes time - often a lot of it - to build the political and economic foundations for successful development. More important, they show why this is so. In the process, they open up prospects for more successful interventions - based on clear reasoning and the lessons of experience rather than wishful thinking - designed to spread the prospects for successful development more widely and swiftly."

- Paul Pierson, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley, Author of Politics in Time

"Roll over Max Weber! This collection of essays on the impact of states on economic development combines sociological theory with quantitative and qualitative analysis, in mercifully plain English. Students will find it enjoyable; scholars will learn from its careful accounts of how exactly "history matters"; and even CIA analysts will discover how to improve their current efforts at nation building."

- Robert Wade, Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics, Author of Governing the Marketp>

List of Tables and Figuresp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xii
States and Development: An Introductionp. 1
States and Developmentp. 3
Harnessing the State: Rebalancing Strategies for Monitoring and Motivationp. 26
The Rule of Law and Development: A Weberian Framework of States and State-Society Relationsp. 48
Long-Lasting Effects of States on Developmentp. 67
State Effectiveness, Economic Growth, and the Age of Statesp. 69
Colonial States and Economic Development in Spanish Americap. 92
British Colonial State Legacies and Development Trajectories: A Statistical Analysis of Direct and Indirect Rulep. 417
Building States-Inherently a Long-Term Process?p. 141
Building States-Inherently a Long-Term Process? An Argument from Theoryp. 143
Building States-Inherently a Long-Term Process? An Argument from Comparative Historyp. 165
How Fast Can You Build A State? State Building in Revolutionsp. 183
State Building in Korea: Continuity and Crisisp. 211
Conclusionp. 237
States and Development: What Insights Did We Gain?p. 239
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ISBN: 9781403964939
ISBN-10: 1403964939
Series: Political Evolution and Institutional Change (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.8  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1