In answering these questions, Joel Migdal takes a new look at the role of the state in Strong Societies and Weak States offers a fresh approach to the study of. Strong Societies and Weak States: State-society Relations and State Capabilities in the Third World. Front Cover. Joel Samuel Migdal. Strong Societies and Weak States: State-Society Relations and State Capabilities in the Third World. By Joel S. Migdal. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
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Why do many Asian, African, and Latin American states have such difficulty in directing the behavior of their populations–in spite of the resources at their disposal?
And why do a small number of other states succeed in such control? What effect do failing laws and social policies have on the state itself? In answering these questions, Joel Migdal takes a new look at the role of the state in the third world. Strong Societies and Weak States offers a fresh approach to the study of state-society relations and to the possibilities for economic and political reforms in the third world.
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Migdal proposes an answer to this paradox: What effect do failing laws and social policies have on the state Strong Societies and Weak States: State-society Relations and State We had all been in the rain together until yesterday.
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