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States of Underdevelopment

Adrian Leftwich

Journal of Theoretical Politics, 1994, vol. 6, issue 1, 55-74

Abstract: This article surveys and compares major theories of the state in the third world. At first sight, few of these theories identify states which have any or even some of the characteristics of modern states as expressed in the two main traditions of state theorizing in Western political science, derived from the classics of Marx and Weber. All these theories, however, despite their variety and specificity, can be shown to confirm the continuing analytic utility of key aspects of both the Marxist and Weberian approaches. Moreover, those few economically successful third world societies illustrate in many crucial respects both the Marxist and Weberian conditions for an effective developmental state.

Keywords: development; state; third world; underdevelopment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1994
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