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Politician's Dilemma: Building State Capacity in Latin America (California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy, No.25) Paperback – September 26, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0520207622 ISBN-10: 0520207629

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (September 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520207629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520207622
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An ambitious attempt to apply collective action and rational chocie arguemtns to efforts at reforming the state in Latin America. In particular, [Geddes] is concerned with explaining why state reform takes place under some circumstances and is thwarted under others, . . . This is an important and intelligent book on a timely subject. It is among the best rationale choice works on Latin American politics."--"American Political Science Review

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Barbara Geddes is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Purchased this for a class on Qualitative methods. The book is a structured and ordely example of a game theoretic model backed up with cases from latin america.
As a student in México this also gives interesting conclusions on the importance of reform to increase state capacity.
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