Why do some countries remain poor and dysfunctional while others thrive and become affluent? The expert contributors to this volume seek to identify reasons why prosperity has increased rapidly in some countries but not others by constructing and comparing cases. The case studies focus on the processes of nation building, state building, and economic development in comparably situated countries over the past hundred years. Part I considers the colonial legacy of India, Algeria, the Philippines, and Manchuria. In Part II, the analysis shifts to the anticolonial development strategies of Soviet Russia, Ataturk's Turkey, Mao's China, and Nasser's Egypt. Part III is devoted to paired cases, in which ostensibly similar environments yielded very different outcomes: Haiti and the Dominican Republic; Jordan and Israel; the Republic of the Congo and neighboring Gabon; North Korea and South Korea; and, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. All the studies examine the combined constraints and opportunities facing policy makers, their policy objectives, and the effectiveness of their strategies. The concluding chapter distills what these cases can tell us about successful development - with findings that do not validate the conventional wisdom.

chapter |8 pages


ByS.C.M. Paine

part I|72 pages

Imperial State Building: La Mission Civilisatrice

chapter 1|17 pages

Nation Building in India Under British Rule

ByDietmar Rothermund

chapter 2|18 pages

France in Algeria: The Heritage of Violence

ByKay Adamson

chapter 3|18 pages

The Philippines: The Contested State

ByAmy Blitz

chapter 4|17 pages

Japanese Puppet-State Building in Manchukuo

ByS.C.M. Paine

part II|67 pages

The Anticolonial Reaction: The Rejuvenation of Old Polities

chapter 6|12 pages

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the Creation of the Turkish Republic

ByAlexander Lyon Macfie

chapter 7|18 pages

Mao Zedong: Utopian Visions and Practical Realities

ByWarren Sun

chapter 8|18 pages

Nasser's Egypt: A Quest for National Power and Prosperity

ByKirk J. Beattie

part III|139 pages

Creating New States: Divergent Pairs

chapter 9|14 pages

Underdevelopment in Haiti

ByPhilippe R. Girard

chapter 10|15 pages

The Incomplete State: The Dominican Republic, 1844–1961

ByFrank Moya Pons

chapter 11|12 pages

Jordan: Among Three Nationalisms

ByPhilip Robins

chapter 12|14 pages

Nation-State Building in Israel

ByGregory Gregory

chapter 13|14 pages

State Building and Economic Failure in North Korea

ByCharles K. Armstrong

chapter 15|13 pages

Deconstruction in the Republic of the Congo

ByMbow Amphas-Mampoua

chapter 16|13 pages

The Three Pillars of Power in Gabon: Ethnicity, Family, and France

ByJames F. Barnes

chapter 17|14 pages

The Incomplete State and the Alternate State in Papua New Guinea

ByHank Nelson

chapter 18|13 pages

National Identity and Exclusion in Indonesia

ByRobert Cribb

chapter |22 pages


ByS.C.M. Paine