- Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 16, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107461073
- ISBN-13: 978-1107461079
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Political Order and Inequality: Their Foundations and their Consequences for Human Welfare (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics) Paperback – March 5, 2015
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"With analytical clarity and fresh data, Carles Boix has produced a work that cannot be ignored by scholars interested in the biggest questions about politics, economics and society. What kinds of regimes generate the strongest economies? Where do these regimes come from? What is the relationship among politics, growth and inequality? Boix does not offer sound bite answers. Deeply historical, this book provides a multi-layered, interdisciplinary analysis of how we got where we are today and what our prospects are for the future."
Frances Rosenbluth, Damon Wells Professor of Political Science, Yale University, Connecticut
"Charles Tilly famously said that 'war makes the state and the state makes war'. In this impressive new volume, Carles Boix argues, with ingenious tests, extensive data and methodological rigor, that, indeed, 'it was inequality and war, rather than the logic of efficiency gains, that made the state'. Political Order and Inequality is a major contribution to our understanding of state formation and the origins of inequality."
Robert O. Keohane, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, New Jersey
"Deploying cutting-edge analytic rigor, deep historical insight and sound quantitative evidence, Carles Boix has produced a wonderfully engaging book. The book reveals how inequality is the price we pay for our economic well-being and that material wealth is inextricably linked to the origin of the state. Specific forms of political obligation are shaped by how societies balance the tension produced by shifts in military technology and how they are harnessed by political organizations. Boix is equally deft at discussing the Neolithic revolution, the measurement of inequality through skeletal records, or the development of European cities. Political Order and Inequality should be required reading for anyone interested in the political economy of development."
Alberto Díaz-Cayeros, Stanford University, California
The fundamental question of political theory, one that precedes all other questions about the nature of political life, is why there is a state at all. This book describes the foundations of stateless societies, why and how states emerge, and the basis of political obligation.
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All in all, his theory of political order via state formation is supported by extensive ethnographical materials, historical cases and statistical analysis. Although I have not been trained to understand the technicalities of his modeling and empirical evidence, I appreciate the intellectual rigor of his research. Despite the technicalities, his ideas and theory have been made very clear for layman to understand. The book deserves a wide readership interested in the political economy of development.