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Those who have been waiting for Judith Tendler's book... have been well rewarded. Bringing together the case studies of good government in the state of Ceara in North East Brazil enables Tendler to draw a series of wider, over-arching conclusions... [Overall] this is a splendid book, which reaches us just as the debates about the 'proper' role of the state in development are picking up again.

(Emanuel de Kadt Journal of Development Studies)

The examples are well-presented, and together they weave a logical and forceful argument.

(David Dunham Development and Change)

Remarkably refreshing and timely.

(Abdoulaye S. M. Sain Journal of Developing Areas)

The traditional focus on trying to eliminate 'rent-seeking' by reducing the state's role has made a contribution but lost much of its charisma. Theoreticians and practitioners alike are looking for new ideas and Tendler offers a quite intriguing set of them. The cases demonstrate surprising counter-intuitive results that will be of interest even to those with little substantive interest in the particular setting described. Theoretical novelty and elegant use of evidence combine to make this book a clear winner,

(Peter Evans, University of California at Berkeley)

About the Author

Judith Tendler is professor of political economy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her previous works include Electric Power in Brazil: Entrepreneurship in the Public Sector, Inside Foreign Aid and New Lessons from Old Projects: The Workings of Rural Development in Northeast Brazil.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Johns Hopkins Studies in Development
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (September 16, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080186092X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801860928
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. L. Freeman on January 3, 2007
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This is a great study of how government can be a positive force in develoment. When much of development discourse is based on serving the poor without the involvement of government, this case study of Ceara region in Brazil shows how "good government" can improve the lives of their people. In the case of preventative health, it was amazing how the central government established a programs that gave local citizens jobs and training and a system in which rent-seeking behavior could be reduced. Everyone in the community had more of an investment in their communities and workers were proud of their work. Overall, it's a good book, especially as it provides an example in which not all governments in developing countries are corrupt.
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The book is very good content. I think it was a good purchase. However it is not as saved as I expected. It's OK.
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very interesting study
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