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"An important new landmark . . . One of the great strengths of this book is that the argument is anchored in a series of case studies built around four countries: Egypt, Sierra Leone, Israel, and Mexico."--Comparative Political Studies

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Strong or weak states? 9 Aug. 2012
By NardiViews - Published on Amazon.com
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Migdal's Strong Societies and Weak States seeks to explain why states in the developing world often have weak state institutions. He shows that state weakness is often not simply a lack of resources, but rather a strategic response to structural threats to the ruler's power. Rulers deliberately weaken states in order to weaken rival sources of power. It's an insightful look into the political origins of state failure.
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Powerful ideas 29 Mar. 2002
By James Voorhees - Published on Amazon.com
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Events in Afghanistan and elsewhere have shown that many states are weak and that their weakness in relation to their societies has consequences that affect us all. I found it useful in looking at Russia and other countries in the former Soviet empire. Migdal provides a framework for understanding that weakness and how it came about. An academic who writes fairly well, Migdal develops his theory and then develops it using examples from Africa and the Middle East. Highly recommended for those who approach current events with an analytical bent.
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