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Patchwork Leviathan: Pockets of Bureaucratic Effectiveness in Developing States

Erin Metz McDonnell


Corruption and ineffectiveness are often expected of public servants in developing countries. However, some groups within these states are distinctly more effective and public oriented than the rest. Why? This book explains how a few spectacularly effective state organizations manage to thrive amid general institutional weakness and succeed against impressive odds. Drawing on the Hobbesian image of the state as Leviathan, the book argues that many seemingly weak states actually have a wide range of administrative capacities. Such states are in fact patchworks sewn loosely together from scarce ... More

Keywords: bureaucracy, bureaucratic resource, statecraft, contemporary Ghana, contemporary Nigeria, mid-twentieth-century Kenya, mid-twentieth-century Brazil, China, global capacity building

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691197364
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691197364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Metz McDonnell, author
University of Notre Dame