States of Development
On the Primacy of Politics in Development
By (author) Adrian Leftwich
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States of Development by Adrian Leftwich
Book DescriptionThe spectre of poverty, disease and ignorance still haunts much of the developing world today. But not everywhere. Some societies, such as Botswana, Mauritius, Malaysia and Korea, are successfully transforming the material life of the majority of their citizens, though not always without costs in terms of human rights. Others, such as Peru, Zaire, India and the Philippines, appear incapable of doing so. In this widely comparative study, Adrian Leftwich examines why this has happened. Focusing on the politics and states of a wide range of developing societies, Leftwich generates a model of the a developmental statea as a particular sub--type of state in the modern world, and argues the case for the primacy of politics in development. He challenges a number of contemporary orthodoxies in western overseas development policy, especially the current insistence that democracy is a necessary condition for development. States of Development will be essential reading for students and scholars in development studies and politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745608433
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Adrian Leftwich
Redefining Politics Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 45, Paperback (July 2012)
Throughout, this book is concerned to extend the range of politics beyond its usual institutional focus, to stress its interdisciplinary requirements and to expand the conception of politics in societies.
Redefining Politics, Hardback (October 2009)
Offers a framework for analyzing politics in various human groups from families to multinational companies, and from villages to modern nation states. This book aims to extend the range of politics beyond its usual institutional focus, to stress its interdisciplinary requirements and to expand the conception of politics in societies.
What is Politics?, Hardback (July 2004)
What is politics? Is it a universal feature of all human societies, past and present? Is it tied to specific institutional arenas? Or is it found in all groups and organizations, large or small, formal or informal? This book provides answers to these important questions.
States of Development, Hardback (December 2000)» View all books by Adrian Leftwich
A A clear and accessible book that combines key issues in developmental studies with the central problems of politics. A A comparative approach that offers a unique interpretation of the primacy of politics in development A Provides a challenging approach to the contemporary orthodoxies in overseas development policy.
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Author Biography - Adrian Leftwich
Adrian Leftwich is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York.
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