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Atul Kohli’s ‘State-Directed Development: Political power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery’ is a study which discusses the patterns. Atul Kohli (AK): As I began my research in the s, the prevailing policy orthodoxy was that economic growth in developing countries would. Kamilia Lahrichi. Author: Atul Kohli Title: State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery, Cambirdge.

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Focusing on South Korea, Brazil, India, and Nigeria, this study compares the characteristics of fairly functioning states and explains why states in some parts of the developing world are more effective. Fragmented multi class state — Represented by his case studies on Brazil and India. Coutinho rated it really liked it Mar 31, One important point that the author demonstrates through a well-researched historical analysis is that each of the four countries studied exhibits the characteristics of more than one state pattern.

South Korea was a relatively obvious choice because it is one of the most successful developers in the developing world. Brendan McSherry rated it liked it Apr 19, Colin rated it really liked it May 31, In conclusion, Kohil looks at the three different types of state and evaluate their capacity in promoting industrialisation and development. If by market one wants to focus on incentives available to investors, then the book is supportive of the market argument, because I’m arguing that growth comes primarily from private investment in an environment in which government support creates the conditions in which investors are ready to take risks, in spite of difficult conditions.

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Collectively, these four countries also provided geographical diversity from Asia to Africa to Latin America. John rated it really liked it Jan 21, But to a fair number of scholars also, who accepted the “Washington consensus,” it seemed that a minimal role for governments and unfettered economic openness was the way to succeed, and Developmsnt was suspicious of that.


Mar 04, Brian rated it it was ok Shelves: Public policies to promote industrialisation tend to be more effective. In other words, why do some countries develop faster and more successfully than others?

In the book, Professor Kohli asserts that the answer to this question is best developed by focusing both on directedd of state construction and of state intervention aimed at promoting industrialization.

They usually rule a population fragmented along ethnic, religious and class lines.

Leaders have more goals to achieve in comparison to other forms of state organisation, therefore public policies towards industrialisation are not as rirected. To ask other readers questions about State-Directed Developmentplease sign up.

But the fact is that once they differed, they left long term legacies that have continued. The economic and the political spheres are blurred, and economic development is often played into private use, rather than for the public. The Japanese in Korea left behind a much more effective state than the British in Nigeria.

Kohli categorizes state based on historical patterns of state authority in dwvelopment world; neopatrimonial states, cohesive-capitalist states and fragmented-multiclass states. Neo patrimonial state — Represented by his case study on Nigeria.

There is high concentration of political authority which remains at the top and favours capital accumulation. So I looked it up.

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No wonder it is hard to manage! One country conquered another and created a long-term state structure. What constitutes effective intervention and what the patterns of those state interventions are the main issues I have analyzed in State-Directed Development. Secondly, fragmented-multiclass states are institutionally weak and dominated by leaders who are only interested in remaining in power. Not a light read, but a classic. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery

It fits the general message you get from the book about diretced best kind of state to promote development spoiler: Return to Book Page. He puts emphasis on the role of states as well as on the obstacles that arise in the process of development. By contrast, you had a much more functioning state in Korea which develpoment Japanese created in their own image and subsequently left behind.


The power of ideas motivates everything we do. There are democratic and human costs to how these growth-promoting governments, as in the case of Korea, acted in order to boost profits.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. My country for instance is somewhat like fragmented-multiclass state. I thought it could be a book about developing countries as a whole, rather than one area or the other.

I argue that for growth in late-developing countries, first of all you need state support for private investors.

India is the second most populous country in the world, Brazil, the most populous South American one, Nigeria, the most populous sub-Saharan African one. Oskars Baltais rated it really liked it Oct 29, I started digging xtate histories of a variety of states to see which countries had done well and which had not, and tried get at the root of their successes and failures That investigation xirected me in a different direction than the prevailing orthodoxy. William Fletcher rated it liked it Apr 27, India and Brazil were natural “in between” cases.

According to Kohli, this pluralistic political system is not as effective as the cohesive-capitalist type in promoting industrialisation because there is a gap between what politicians promise to the masses in order to mobilise support, and what is actually achieved.

Danica Holdaway rated it really liked it Apr 05, Due to the abundance of oil revenues, the government did not have any incentive to build a national development plan, overcome its ethnical fragmentation and create a coherent industrialisation programme.

Effective governance essentially molds the conditions within which investment takes place.