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Challenging the State: Crisis and Innovation in Latin America and Africa / Edition 1

Challenging the State: Crisis and Innovation in Latin America and Africa / Edition 1


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The 1980s and 1990s posed great challenges to governments in Latin America and Africa deeply affected by economic and political crises that weakened their ability to encourage economic development and provide for effective governance. Using case studies of Mexico and Kenya this book shows how a decade of deep and sustained crisis also became a decade of innovations in ideas, policy directions, political coalitions, and government institutions. Merilee Grindle argues that political leadership and structures of political power, while frequently part of the problem of underdevelopment, are also part of the solution in building more efficient, effective and responsive governments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521559195
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/14/2003
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1. Challenging the state: a decade of crisis; 2. Crisis and the state: evidence from Latin America and Africa; 3. Crisis and breakdown in Mexico and Kenya; 4. Imposing state authority; 5. Managing the economy; 6. Administering the public good; 7. Responding to society; 8. States of change.

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