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States and Economic Development: A Comparative Historical Analysis

ISBN: 978-0-7456-1457-1
312 pages
June 1995, Polity
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This book addresses the role of political institutions in economic performance, examining the changing state-economy relationships through a comparative history of political and economic development in Britain, USA, Russia, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.
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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Preface.

1. Introduction.

Part I:.

2. The Rise of Europe I: State Formation and its Legacies, 800-1800.

3. The Rise of Europe II: State-Making and Economy-Formation from 17th to early 20th century.

4. The Rise of European Industrialisation: Britain and Russia, 1700-1913.

Part II:.

5. The Rise of East Asia I: States and Markets.

6. The Rise of East Asia II: Governed Interdependence.

7. The Decline of Anglo-American Capitalism.

8. Conclusion.

Bibliography.

Index.
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  • This book addresses a core issue of comparative political economy: the role of political institutions in economic performance
  • The book examines the changing state-economy relations through a comparative history of political and economic development in Britain, USA, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea.
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"A work of monumental synthesis, in the very best of that tradition, pulling intelligently on the best literature and generating 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 of conceptual schema ... Weiss and Hobson's book does an excellent job of synthesizing the conceptual gains of the literature on which they build." American Political Science Review

"States and Economic Development provides an excellent survey of the role of the state action in 'national' economic development and well-being." Political Studies

"This is an informative book which manages to craft a large amount of secondary material into a coherent argument. The emphasis placed on the role of a coordinating and collaborative state, which can also be democratic, is stimulating and ambitious ... this is a thought provoking and stimulating book which should be very useful for both teaching and research." Political Geography

"This is a well-researched, well-written book. It is an excellent summary of recent work on the state in historical sociology. It will be a valuable book for a wide readership, from those concerned with economic development to international relations specialists, and from those interested in social theory to more empirically oriented comparativists." Australian Journal of Political Science

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