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Challenging the State: Crisis and Innovation in Latin America and Africa - Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics (Paperback)
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Challenging the State: Crisis and Innovation in Latin America and Africa - Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 23/02/1996
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The 1980s and 1990s posed great challenges to governments in Latin America and Africa. Deep economic crises and significantly heightened pressure for political reform severely taxed their capacity to manage economic and political tasks. These crises pointed to an intense need to reform the state and redefine its relationship to the market and civic society. This book examines the paradox of states that have been weakened by crisis just as their capacity to encourage economic development and provide for effective governance most needs to be strengthened. Case studies of Mexico and Kenya allow the author to analyse the opportunities available for political leadership in moments of crisis, and the constraints on action provided by leadership goals and existing political and economic structures. She argues that while leaders and political structures are often part of the problem, they can also be part of the solution in building more efficient, effective, and responsive states.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521559195
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm


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"She presents considerable statistical and other data to flesh out her account of recent history....The story she tells, and the mix of data, will make a useful resource for upper-division undergraduate collections." Choice
"This carefully researched, admirably structured, persuasively argued book is a welcome addition to the literature on the comparative study of state power. In addition to its interest to scholars, this book has the added advantage of lending itself well to classroom use for advanced undergraduates and graduate courses, and its admirable...cross-regional comparative nature addds to its methodological interest." Leonardo A. Villalon, Political Science Quarterly
"...an interesting and wide-ranging piece of work yielding many insights for economists, historians, or political scientists interested in state-society-economy relations." Nicoli Nattrass, International Journal of African Hist. Studies

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