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Dependent Development: The Alliance of Multinational, State, and Local Capital in Brazil [Paperback]

Peter B. Evans
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"This is the most important recent book on economic development written from a Left political perspective. . . . Rare has been the industrial revolution which has equitably benefitted the generation which produced that revolution. What Evans has accomplished in this book is a brilliant analysis of the circumstances in which the most recent version of this kind of alienating development can occur."--The Annals

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4.0 out of 5 stars Important and Worthwhile Read April 25 2004
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While a challenging read, Evans offers us an invaluable look at Brazil's shift from "classic dependence" to "dependent development". This is not a look at class struggle but rather an in-depth look at the internal make-up of the Brazilian elite. Evans shows us that Brazil's economy at the beginning of the Twentieth Century based on primary exports, though profitable, was simply too volatile and too susceptible to pressure from emerging competitors. What followed was a shift towards industrialization and a place in the semi-periphery, based on "a delicate combination of social forces and historical circumstances". The nature of the subject matter is complex but the importance of Evans' leftist take on the evolution of the Brazilian economy is too important to have this put you off. For those interested in the Brazilian case, or those curious as to how a state makes the shift from the classically dependent periphery to the less dependent semi-periphery, this book is a valuable addition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important and Worthwhile Read April 25 2004
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While a challenging read, Evans offers us an invaluable look at Brazil's shift from "classic dependence" to "dependent development". This is not a look at class struggle but rather an in-depth look at the internal make-up of the Brazilian elite. Evans shows us that Brazil's economy at the beginning of the Twentieth Century based on primary exports, though profitable, was simply too volatile and too susceptible to pressure from emerging competitors. What followed was a shift towards industrialization and a place in the semi-periphery, based on "a delicate combination of social forces and historical circumstances". The nature of the subject matter is complex but the importance of Evans' leftist take on the evolution of the Brazilian economy is too important to have this put you off. For those interested in the Brazilian case, or those curious as to how a state makes the shift from the classically dependent periphery to the less dependent semi-periphery, this book is a valuable addition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous classic on dependency theory Jan. 27 1999
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Just the quickest of all notes: a very good book, a classic. Not "silly with cumbersome words," as described by another reviewer. You must pay attention to what you are reading here, hence not for all readers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essentail to the study of dependency Nov. 8 1999
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An important case study of Brazilian economics and dependent develpoment. By no means an easy read, but more than well worth the time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The book is about Dependent Development Oct. 12 1998
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The book is real silly. The writing style of the author suggests that he really doesn't know what he's talking about. He uses words that unnecesarrily cumbersome. He also uses them out of context. This is my review. A real silly book that is difficult reading.
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