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Bates, Robert H.

Works: 121 works in 449 publications in 3 languages and 11,632 library holdings
Genres: History  Academic theses  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, htt, Other, Contributor
Classifications: HC59.7, 338.9
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Most widely held works about Robert H Bates
Most widely held works by Robert H Bates
When things fell apart : state failure in late-century Africa by Robert H Bates( )

33 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 1,704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: In the later decades of the 20th century, Africa plunged into political chaos. States failed, governments became predators, and citizens took up arms. In When Things Fell Apart, Robert H. Bates advances an explanation of state failure in Africa. In so doing, he not only plumbs the depths of the continent's late-century tragedy, but also the logic of political order and the foundations of the state. This book covers a wide range of territory by drawing on materials from Rwanda, Sudan, Liberia, and Congo. Written to be accessible to the general reader, it is nonetheless a must-read for scholars and policy makers concerned with political conflict and state failure
Markets and states in tropical Africa : the political basis of agricultural policies by Robert H Bates( )

9 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 1,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most Africans live in rural areas and derive their incomes from farming; but because African governments follow policies that are adverse to most farmers' interests, these countries fail to produce enough food to feed their populations. This book analyzes these and other paradoxical features of development in modern Africa and explores how governments have intervened and diverted resources from farmers to other sectors of society.--From the publisher
Open-economy politics : the political economy of the world coffee trade by Robert H Bates( Book )

23 editions published between 1997 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book will appeal to those interested in international political economy, comparative politics, and the political economy of development, especially in Latin America and Africa, and to readers wanting to learn more about the economic and political realities that underlie the coffee market. It is also must reading for those interested in "the new institutionalism" and modern political economy
Prosperity and violence : the political economy of development by Robert H Bates( Book )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this work, Robert H. Bates investigates the origins and purpose of the modern state, an institution that has spread to every corner of the globe in a matter of centuries. Why has the modern state risen to such preeminence? How did something so vast, complex, and systematic evolve from tenuous agrarian societies riven with violence? Drawing from his extensive research among diverse cultures and his exceptional knowledge of European history, Bates traces a common thread that runs between the history of European development and the struggles of today's developing countries."--Jacket
Analytic narratives by Robert H Bates( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2020 in English and Chinese and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How can social scientists draw broad, applicable principles of political order from specific historical examples? In this volume, five senior scholars offer a methodological response to this question. The result is both a methodological manifesto and an applied handbook
Beyond the miracle of the market : the political economy of agrarian development in Kenya by Robert H Bates( Book )

26 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the political economy of Kenya from the Mau Mau rebellion of the 1950s to the tragic droughts of the 1980s, with emphasis upon the political and economic origins of institutions and the role of these institutions in Kenya's economic development
Essays on the political economy of rural Africa by Robert H Bates( Book )

18 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book addresses several of the classic questions in African Studies. In the pre-colonial era what were the sources of order in societies without states? And what were the origins of 'traditional' states in Africa? In the colonial period, what caused the divergent patterns of agricultural development? And what were the issues that drove the peasantry into the rebellions which brought an end to colonial rule? Since independence what has been the fate of the African peasantry? What has been the content of the agricultural policies adopted by the governments of Africa? And how can these policies be accounted for? In answering these questions, the book explores various forms of explanation and advances a form of political economy based upon rational-choice analysis
Africa and the disciplines : the contributions of research in Africa to the social sciences and humanities( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"African Studies, contrary to some accounts, is not a separate continent in the world of American higher education. Its intellectual borders touch those of economics, literature, history, philosophy, and art its history is the story of the world, both ancient and modern. This is the clear conclusion of Africa and the Disciplines, a book that addresses the question: Why should Africa be studied in the American university? This question was put to distinguished scholars in the social sciences and humanities, prominent Africanists who are also leaders in their various disciplines. Their responses make a strong and enlightening case for the importance of research on Africa to the academy. Paul Collier's essay, for example, shows how studies of African economies have clarified our understanding of the small open economies, and contributed to the theory of repressed inflation and to a number of areas in microeconomics as well. Art historian Suzanne Blier uses the terms and concepts that her discipline has applied to Africa to analyze the habits of mind and social practice of her own field. Christopher L. Miller describes the confounding and enriching impact of Africa on European and American literary theory. Political scientist Richard Sklar outlines Africa's contributions to the study of political modernization, pluralism, and rational choice. These essays, together with others from scholars in history, anthropology, philosophy, and comparative literature, attest to the influence of African research throughout the curriculum. For many, knowledge from Africa seems distant and exotic. These powerful essays suggest the contrary: that such knowledge has shaped the way in which scholars in various disciplines understand their worlds. Eloquent testimony to Africa's necessary place in the mainstream of American education, this book should alter the academy's understanding of the significance of African research, its definition of core and periphery in human knowledge."
The development dilemma : security, prosperity, and a return to history by Robert H Bates( )

14 editions published between 2017 and 2020 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reassessing the developing world through the lens of Europe's pastToday's developing nations emerged from the rubble of the Second World War. Only a handful of these countries have subsequently attained a level of prosperity and security comparable to that of the advanced industrial world. The implication is clear: those who study the developing world in order to learn how development can be achieved lack the data to do so. In The Development Dilemma, Robert Bates responds to this challenge by turning to history, focusing on England and France. By the end of the eighteenth century, England stood poised to enter "the great transformation." France by contrast verged on state failure, and life and property were insecure. Probing the histories of these countries, Bates uncovers a powerful tension between prosperity and security: both may be necessary for development, he argues, but efforts to achieve the one threaten the achievement of the other. A fundamental tension pervades the political economy of development. Bates also argues that while the creation of a central hierarchy-a state-may be necessary to the achievement of development, it is not sufficient. What matters is how the power of the state is used. France and England teach us that in some settings the seizure and redistribution of wealth-not its safeguarding and fostering-is a winning political strategy. These countries also suggest the features that mark those settings-features that appear in nations throughout the developing world. Returning to the present, Bates applies these insights to the world today
Toward a political economy of development : a rational choice perspective by Robert H Bates( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unions, parties, and political development, a study of mineworkers in Zambia by Robert H Bates( Book )

15 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rural responses to industrialization : a study of village Zambia by Robert H Bates( Book )

13 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political and economic interactions in economic policy reform : evidence from eight countries by Robert H Bates( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the 1980s many developing countries undertook programs of far-reaching economic policy reform. Some have been very successful, some less so, and some have failed completely. In examining these episodes economists have focused upon the adequacy of economic policy changes but have paid little attention to their political impact. Likewise, political scientists have centered their attentions on the political reactions to reform while neglecting the economic aspects. These dissonant analyses produced a dilemma: what was good politics did not seem to be good economics and what was good economics did not seem to be good politics. From this dilemma a research project on the Political Economy of Policy Reform in Developing Countries emerged, led by Robert Bates and Anne Krueger. This volume is an analysis of the work carried out by eight research teams into policy reform in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Korea, Turkey and Zambia. The teams each consisted of an economist and a political scientist who jointly analyzed the economic and political ingredients of their country's reform efforts. This important work will be valuable reading for scholars and policy-makers in the fields of development, international, and agricultural economics. These studies will be of compelling interest to political scientists as well, particularly those in the fields of comparative politics and development studies
Agricultural development in Africa : issues of public policy( Book )

9 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Africa's development in historical perspective( Book )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edited volume addresses the root causes of Africa's persistent poverty through an investigation of its longue duree history
Income and democracy : Lipset's law inverted by Ghada Fayad( )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We revisit Lipset's law, which posits a positive and significant relationship between income and democracy. Using dynamic and heterogeneous panel data estimation techniques, we find a significant and negative relationship between income and democracy: higher/lower incomes per capita hinder/trigger democratization. Decomposing overall income per capita into its resource and non-resource components, we find that the coefficient on the latter is positive and significant while that on the former is significant but negative, indicating that the role of resource income is central to the result
Patterns of uneven development : causes and consequences in Zambia by Robert H Bates( Book )

7 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethnicity in contemporary Africa by Robert H Bates( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lost decades : lessons from post-independence Latin America for today's Africa by Robert H Bates( )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Africa and Latin America secured their independence from European colonial rule a century and half apart: most of Latin America after 1820 and most of Africa after 1960. Despite the distance in time and space, they share important similarities. In each case independence was followed by political instability, violent conflict and economic stagnation lasting for about a half-century (lost decades). The parallels suggest that Africa might be exiting from a period of post-imperial collapse and entering a period of relative political stability and economic growth, as did Latin America a century and a half earlier
The regulation of rural markets in Africa by Robert H Bates( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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When things fell apart : state failure in late-century Africa
Markets and states in tropical Africa : the political basis of agricultural policiesOpen-economy politics : the political economy of the world coffee tradeProsperity and violence : the political economy of developmentAnalytic narrativesBeyond the miracle of the market : the political economy of agrarian development in KenyaEssays on the political economy of rural AfricaAfrica and the disciplines : the contributions of research in Africa to the social sciences and humanitiesToward a political economy of development : a rational choice perspective
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Bates, Robert

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