1st Edition

The Post-Colonial State in the Era of Capitalist Globalization Historical, Political and Theoretical Approaches to State Formation

By Tariq Amin-Khan Copyright 2012
    262 Pages
    by Routledge

    274 Pages
    by Routledge

    State formation in post-colonial societies differed greatly from the formation of the Western capitalist state. The latter has been extensively studied, while a coherent grasp of the post-colonial state has remained elusive. Amin-Khan provides a critical historical and contemporary understanding of post-colonial state formations in Asia and Africa, and suggests how this process differed from the formation of states in Latin America. In distinguishing between the post-colonial state and the Western capitalist state, the author argues that the unitary colonial state left a strong legacy on the decolonized states of Asia and Africa, reinscribing their subordination vis-à-vis Western states, transnational corporations and multilateral institutions. The indigenous elites' decision at the time of decolonization to retain colonial state structures meant the readaptation of capitalism-imperialism nexus to suit new post-colonial realities, which enabled the formation of clientelist relationships. This post-colonial reality and exploration of the contemporary context provides the basis of analyzing two post-colonial state forms, the capitalist and proto-capitalist varieties, which are examined using the case studies of India and Pakistan.

    Introduction  1. Context of State Formation: Differentiating European Nation-States from Colonial and Post-Colonial States  2. The Post-Colonial State: Historical Antecedents and Contemporary Impositions  3. Theoretical Understanding of the Post-Colonial State  4. India: The Capitalist Variant  5. Pakistan: The Proto-Capitalist State


    Tariq Amin-Khan is Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.