List of Illustrations ix Preface xi 1 Introduction 1 2 The Fundamental Tension 14 3 Taming the Hierarchy? 25 4 Forging the Political Terrain 49 5 The Developing World: Two Examples 62 6 The Use of Power 87 7 Conclusion 115 Addendum to Chapter 2 129 Addendum to Chapter 6 135 Addendum to Chapter 7 141 Notes 151 Bibliography 169 Index 181
Robert H. Bates is the Eaton Professor of the Science of Government and professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His books include Open-Economy Politics and Analytic Narratives (both Princeton).
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