The Post-Colonial State in the Era of Capitalist Globalization

Historical, Political and Theoretical Approaches to State Formation

By Tariq Amin-Khan

© 2012 – Routledge

250 pages

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About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC042000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOC050000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes