"Latecomer State Formation" by Sebastian Mazzuca

Latecomer State Formation Political Geography and Capacity Failure in Latin America Sebastian Mazzuca

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
22 Jun 2021
ISBN:
9780300248951
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
464 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
13 b-w illus.

Latin American governments systematically fail to provide the key public goods for their societies to prosper. Sebastián Mazzuca argues this is because nineteenth-century Latin American state formation occurred in a period when commerce, rather than war, was the key driver forging countries. Latin American leaders pursued the benefits of international trade at the cost of long-term liabilities built into the countries they forged, notably patrimonial administrations and dysfunctional regional combinations.

Sebastián Mazzuca is assistant professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University. His research and teaching focus on the political economy of development, democratization, and state formation. He lives in Baltimore, MD.