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Studying the State

A Global South Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by Esteban Nicholls


117 pages

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Studying the State explores the results of governments in the Global South, particularly in Latin America, turning to the state as a vehicle for mobilizing people, resources and political change.

The book evaluates the results of this return to the state by looking at recent historical events to analyse the outcomes, processes, successes and failures of these projects. It also explores the role of China in affecting the margins of manoeuvrability of states, especially Latin American states. Finally, the book considers various perspectives on the theory of the state, contributing to theoretical approaches in the social sciences but in a way that is always grounded in their utility for addressing real-world problems.

Contributing to theoretical understandings of the state through grounded case studies, Studying the State will be of great interest to scholars of Latin America, the Global South and neoliberalism and the state. This book was originally published as a special issue in Third World Thematics.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying the state: a Global South perspective

Esteban Nicholls

1. Ontological disputes between Indigenous communities and the state in Bolivia

Cristina Rojas

2. The strategic use of radical indigenous narratives by the Ecuadorian state

Esteban Nicholls

3. Hegemonic power networks and institutional configuration for illicit purposes

Carlos Antonio Flores Pérez

4. Chinese engagement in Africa and Latin America: does it matter for state capacity?

Dan Banik & Benedicte Bull

5. China and the decaying of socialist rentierism in Venezuela: instability and the prevalence of non-interventionism

Antulio Rosales

6. Polycentric hierarchies and institutional complementarities in the semi-periphery: state capacities and energy policies in the BRIC countries

Carlos Henrique Vieira Santana

About the Editor

Esteban Nicholls completed his doctoral studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada (2014), where he received the Senate Medal for his doctoral work. He currently works as Director of the Latin American Studies Doctoral Programme and as Aggregate (Associate) Professor of Social and Global Studies at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador. Dr Nicholls’s recent publications include "The Universities Project: A Radiography of a Failed State Scheme." (2018). In Enrique Ayala Mora and Carlos Larrea (Eds.), Ecuador Today. "La relación entre capacidad y autoridad en el Estado: La construcción de un Estado "Excepcionalista" en Ecuador." (2017). European Review of Latin American Studies, 103 (Co-authored with Dr. Pablo Andrade).

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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