States of Development: On the Primacy of Politics in Development
March 2001, Polity
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.
Chapter 1: The Argument: The Primacy of Politics in Development.
Chapter 2: Progress, Growth and Modernization: Antecedents of the Development Idea.
Chapter 3: Meanings of Development: Postwar Developments.
Chapter 4: States of Underdevelopment.
Chapter 5: Governance and Development: Leaving Politics Out.
Chapter 6: The Politics of Democratic Governance in the Third World.
Chapter 7: Developmental States: Bringing Politics Back In.
Chapter 8: Democracy and the Development State: Democratic Practices and Development Capacity.
Chapter 9: Conclusion.
A A comparative approach that offers a unique interpretation of the primacy of politics in development
A Provides a challenging approach to the contemporary orthodoxies in overseas development policy
"Adrian Leftwich's States of Development is a remarkable study of the appropriateness of past development policies, with an eye to the political environment in which they have operated." The Round Table