Prosperity and Violence by Robert H. Bates
The Political Economy of Development

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This text looks back over the history of human civilization and explains the origins of the modern state, focusing on the stages though which capitalism evolves as a culture moves from dispersed agrarian clans to the dense modern metropolis. Informed by firsthand experience with the political and economic development of many diverse cultures, the author demonstrates how successful modern states harness ethnic diversity to encourage prosperity rather than violence.
 

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Robert H. Bates undertook graduate studies of anthropology at Manchester University and economics at Stanford. Joining the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, he rose to full professor before leaving for the Luce Professorship at Duke in the early 1980s. He joined the faculty at Harvard in 1993. Bates has conducted field work in Zambia, Kenya, Ghana and the Sudan and traveled throughout much of West Africa as well. He has also conducted fieldwork in Colombia and Brazil, where he conducted research on the politics and economics of the international coffee industry. A consultant for the World Bank and USAID, Bates is also a member of the State Failure Task Force. He serves as a resource person for the Africa Economic Research Consortium and has for several years held a visiting professorship on the faculty of the economics department at Toulouse University.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 144 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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He uses the example of coffee-growing in Kenya to illustrate one of his principal theses about development: “It involves the taming of violence and the delegation of authority to those who will use power productively.” People practice violence in agrarian societies, Bates argues, for one of two r...

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January Publications Robert H. Bates is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and fellow of the Center for International Development at Harvard University. In Prosperity and Violence: The Polit

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In Prosperity and Violence: The Political Economy of Development, a thoughtful and instructive book, he examines how underdeveloped societies progress from agrarian to industrial states by examining how governments foster investment and per capita growth and how they manage their political power ...

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