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Seeing Like a State : How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed

ISBN: 9780300078152 | 0300078153
Format: Trade Paper
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pub. Date: 2/8/1999

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Why do well-intentioned plans for improving the human condition go tragically awry? In a wide-ranging and original study, James C. Scott analyzes failed cases of large-scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields. He argues that centrally managed social plans derail when schematic visions are imposed on long-established structures without taking into account preexisting interdependencies.


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