Seeing Like a State How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed James C. Scott

Series:
Veritas Paperbacks
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
12 May 2020
ISBN:
9780300246759
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
480 pages: 197 x 127mm
Illustrations:
36 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

Political scientist and anthropologist James C. Scott analyzes disasters from Russia to Tanzania to uncover why states so often fail, sometimes catastrophically, in grand efforts to engineer their society or their environment, and uncovers the conditions common to all such planning disasters.
 
“One of the most profound and illuminating studies of this century to have been published in recent decades.”—John Gray, New York Times Book Review
 
“Beautifully written, this book calls into sharp relief the nature of the world we now inhabit.”—New Yorker
 
“A tour de force.”— Charles Tilly, Columbia University

James C. Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and codirector of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University.