"Latecomer State Formation" by Sebastian Mazzuca

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

Publication date:
22 Jun 2021
Yale University Press
464 pages: 235 x 156 x 37mm
13 b-w illus.
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A major contribution to the field of comparative state formation and the scholarship on long-term political development of Latin America

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.