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Seeing Like a State

How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (Veritas Paperbacks)

James C. Scott

"One of the most profound and illuminating studies of this century to have been published in recent decades." —John Gray, New York Times Book ReviewHailed as "a magisterial critique of top-down social planning" by the New York Times, this essential work analyzes disasters from Russia to Tanzania to uncover why states so often fail—sometimes catastr...
Publish Date
March 17
First Published in 1998
Goodreads rating
Jun 06, 2013
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Sep 06, 2019
I return to this book "Seeing Like A State" so often. It's about the barriers you hit when you try to fit a complex messy world into neat categorical boxes for data analysis, and the dizzying political history of that project. Highly, hugely recommended for all data nerds.      source
Nov 29, 2020
@JonathanShedler You'll enjoy a fabulous book called Seeing Like a State.      source