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The Post-Colonial State in the Era of Capitalist Globalization

Historical, Political and Theoretical Approaches to State Formation

By Tariq Amin-Khan

Routledge – 2012 – 250 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

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Description

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.

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

Author Bio

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

Name: The Post-Colonial State in the Era of Capitalist Globalization: Historical, Political and Theoretical Approaches to State Formation (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Tariq Amin-Khan. 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...
Categories: Postcolonialism, Colonialism, Theory & Political Sociology, Contemporary Social Theory, Modern Political Theory