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In his new edition of Prosperity and Violence, Robert Bates continues to investigate the relationship between political order and economic growth.
As power and politics play a role in every society, rich or poor, Bates argues it is the reorganization of coercion—not its extinction—that underpins the security needed for investment. Although history makes clear that political structures can be used for destructive ends, it also demonstrates their importance in ensuring the peace needed for prosperity. In this revised edition, Bates strengthens his critique of development studies and development agencies, basing it on his analysis of the nature of states that emerged following WWII.
List of Figures
1 Introduction 1
2 Agrarian Societies 14
3 The Formation of States 34
4 State Formation in the Modern Era 57
5 Late-Century Shocks to the Global System 67
6 Conclusion 84
Notes for Further Reading 99