States of Development: On the Primacy of Politics in Development
March 2001, Polity
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Focusing on the politics and states of a wide range of developing societies, Leftwich generates a model of the 'developmental state' as a particular sub-type of state in the modern world, and argues the case for the primacy of politics in development. He challenges a number of contemporary orthodoxies in western overseas development policy, especially the current insistence that democracy is a necessary condition for development.
States of Development will be essential reading for students and scholars in development studies and politics.