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Seeing like a state : how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed

Author: James C Scott
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, cop. 1998.
Series: Yale ISPS Series.; Yale agrarian studies series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why have large-scale schemes to improve the human condition in the twentieth century so often gone awry? James C. Scott analyzes diverse failures in high-modernist, authoritarian state planning-collectivization in Russia, the building of Brasilia, compulsory ujamaa villages in Tanzania, & others- & uncovers conditions common to all such planning disasters. What these failures teach us, he argues, is that any  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James C Scott
ISBN: 0300070160 9780300070163 0300078153 9780300078152
OCLC Number: 708518017
Description: 1 v. (XIV-445 p.) : ill., cartes. ; 25 cm.
Series Title: Yale ISPS Series.; Yale agrarian studies series.
Responsibility: James C. Scott.
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An analysis of diverse failures in high-modernist, authoritarian state planning. It covers projects such as collectivization in Russia and the building of Brasilia, arguing that any centrally-managed  Read more...

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