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States and Economic Development: A Comparative Historical Analysis Paperback – Jun 8 1995

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"A work of monumental synthesis, in the very best of thattradition, pulling intelligently on the best literature andgenerating a sustainable thesis from that." Adrian Leftwich,University of York

"This is a richly researched analysis of the role of the State -and of warfare - in the historical development of capitalism."Development Policy Review

"A very useful and provocative book ... a rich variety ofconceptual schema ... Weiss and Hobson's book does an excellent jobof synthesizing the conceptual gains of the literature on whichthey build." American Political Science Review

"States and Economic Development provides an excellentsurvey of the role of the state action in 'national' economicdevelopment and well-being." Political Studies

"This is an informative book which manages to craft a largeamount of secondary material into a coherent argument. The emphasisplaced on the role of a coordinating and collaborative state, whichcan also be democratic, is stimulating and ambitious ... this is athought provoking and stimulating book which should be very usefulfor both teaching and research." Political Geography

"This is a well-researched, well-written book. It is anexcellent summary of recent work on the state in historicalsociology. It will be a valuable book for a wide readership, fromthose concerned with economic development to internationalrelations specialists, and from those interested in social theoryto more empirically oriented comparativists." Australian Journalof Political Science

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States and Economic Development addresses a core issue ofcomparative political economy: the role of political institutionsin economic performance. What difference have modern states made tothe development of the market economy? Under what conditions andfor what purposes have states sought to assist the process ofindustrial advancement? Why do modern states differ so considerablyin their capacity for governing the market? And how has the natureof state "strength" and its importance for a prosperous economychanged over time?

Through a comparative history of political and economicdevelopment, this volume examines changing state/economy relationsfrom the rise of market economies in Europe to the present,focusing on Britain, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the UnitedStates. It provides fresh arguments and novel explanations for therise of modern states and markets, for early and lateindustrialization, for state capacity and for nationalcompetitiveness. By means of case studies and comparisons, theauthors develop a neo-statist theory to explain the changingeconomic fortunes of political systems, from the rise of Europe tothe gradual decline of Anglo-American industry and the recentascendance of East Asia.

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