9780300078152

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

  • ISBN 13:

    9780300078152

  • ISBN 10:

    0300078153

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 02/08/1999
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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Summary

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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