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Strong Societies and Weak States Paperback – November 1, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0691010731 ISBN-10: 0691010730
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"An important new landmark . . . One of the great strengths of this book is that the argument is anchored in a series of case studies built around four countries: Egypt, Sierra Leone, Israel, and Mexico."--Comparative Political Studies
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (November 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691010730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691010731
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel S. Migdal is the Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies in the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Director of the Near and Middle East Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program. He was the founding chair of the University of Washington's International Studies Program. Dr. Migdal was formerly associate professor of Government at Harvard University and senior lecturer at Tel-Aviv University. Among his books are Peasants, Politics, and Revolution; Palestinian Society and Politics; Strong Societies and Weak States; State in Society; Through the Lens of Israel; The Palestinian People: A History (with Baruch Kimmerling); and Boundaries and Belonging. His latest book is Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East. In 1993, he received the University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award; in 1994, the Washington State Governor's Writers Award; in 2006, the Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award; and, in 2008, the Provost Distinguished Lectureship.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NardiViews TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 9, 2012
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Migdal's Strong Societies and Weak States seeks to explain why states in the developing world often have weak state institutions. He shows that state weakness is often not simply a lack of resources, but rather a strategic response to structural threats to the ruler's power. Rulers deliberately weaken states in order to weaken rival sources of power. It's an insightful look into the political origins of state failure.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James Voorhees on March 29, 2002
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Events in Afghanistan and elsewhere have shown that many states are weak and that their weakness in relation to their societies has consequences that affect us all. I found it useful in looking at Russia and other countries in the former Soviet empire. Migdal provides a framework for understanding that weakness and how it came about. An academic who writes fairly well, Migdal develops his theory and then develops it using examples from Africa and the Middle East. Highly recommended for those who approach current events with an analytical bent.
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