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Latecomer State Formation: Political Geography and Capacity Failure in Latin America

Sebastián Mazzuca


Latin American governments systematically fail to provide the key public goods for their societies to prosper. This book 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. The book begins with a background on comparative state-formation, introducing the idea that the ... More

Keywords: Latin American governments, state-formation, Latin American leaders, international trade, state building, territory consolidation, violence monopolization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300248951
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300248951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastián Mazzuca, author
Johns Hopkins University