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The Development Dilemma


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List of Illustrations ix Preface xi 1 Introduction 1 2 The Fundamental Tension 14 3 Taming the Hierarchy? 25 4 Forging the Political Terrain 49 5 The Developing World: Two Examples 62 6 The Use of Power 87 7 Conclusion 115 Addendum to Chapter 2 129 Addendum to Chapter 6 135 Addendum to Chapter 7 141 Notes 151 Bibliography 169 Index 181

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Robert H. Bates is the Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His books include Open-Economy Politics and Analytic Narratives (both Princeton).


"This is a beautifully written book that will add much to the scholarly discourse on the origins of comparative development. By looking to medieval Europe for insights on contemporary development, it presents a rare and valuable analysis that has important lessons for all readers. . . . It is an essential addition to a paramount research agenda."---Eoin McGuirk,
"In The Development Dilemma, Robert Bates turns to European history and Africa today to make a provocative argument: countries that throw different ethnic groups and regions together end up cutting deals that trade off growth to obtain stability. These kinds of historical comparisons are too rare and why this book is so important."-Chris Blattman, University of Chicago
"The Development Dilemma offers an elegant account of why some countries flourish when others do not. Familism, regionalism, colonialism, migration, institutions, and culture are important, but the resolute focus is on sources of political power. How key actors play the political game largely determines the consequent distribution of security, prosperity, and justice. Drawing on politics, economics, and world history, Robert Bates proves himself once again the doyen of development theory."-Margaret Levi, coauthor of In the Interest of Others
"This is a major contribution to debates on the political economy of development. Robert Bates examines the microfoundations of political decision making in early modern England and France to shed light on the terrain that shaped politics in modern Kenya and Zambia. He connects these case studies to an insightful, original argument on the political choices that foster or obstruct economic growth. A must-read for theorists and historians of economic development."-John Coatsworth, Columbia University
"Robert Bates's singular achievement is knitting together his case studies into one grand analytical narrative. His work is the imaginative culmination of the most important research program in contemporary political science."-Mark Lichbach, University of Maryland
"With forceful prose and vivid case studies, The Development Dilemma makes a significant contribution not just to the study of political and economic development but also to the social sciences more broadly."-Philip T. Hoffman, author of Why Did Europe Conquer the World?

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