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State Inc.: The Emergence of Modern State Capitalism and Its Threat to Democracy and Markets

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The end of the Cold War ushered in an age of American triumphalism best characterized by the "Washington Consensus:" the idea that free markets, democratic institutions, limitations on government involvement in the economy, and the rule of law were the foundations of prosperity and stability. The last fifteen years, starting with the Asian financial crisis, have seen the g ...more
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Published April 1st 2016 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 1st 2015)
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Ibrahim Niftiyev
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book was recommended by my supervisor and I think that this was a great and eye-opening reading towards differentiating so-called models of capitalism in the globalization era. Until now I never used to ponder around "state capitalism" phenomenon. I guess now I have a certain intellectual framework to perceive it. A lot of data, real examples, and logical construction are the pros of the book while having repetitive language and a little bit long-shaped sentence structures are the cons. Plus ...more
Mark Lawry
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was recommended by the Council on Foreign Relations and Kurlantzick is clearly well read on the states he writes about. The last few decades since the Iron Curtain came down have been pretty exciting in the world of economics and improving lives. Unfortunately Democracy does seem to be in reverse and there are troubling issues enumerated in this book. Like anybody who writes for The Economist or the CFR he doesn't just write about the problem but also suggests solutions. He suggests inc ...more
Dominic
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
State capitalism has been around for as long as capitalism itself has existed, yet the 2008 Financial Crisis has made it more relevant than any time in recent history. The recession shook the faith of many people in the power of free-market capitalism (the "Washington Consensus"). Increasingly, leaders in developing countries are looking to China and Singapore, both of which allow for heavy government involvement in the economy, as models of economic growth. China has even begun to promote its " ...more
Dan
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read for being a highly complex subject. Although I disagreed with many of his logic trains, he seemed well versed in the subject matter. He brings up several issues that are relevant to the future of the US. I would recommend this book with the caveat - this is not the static environment portrayed.
Ajay Palekar
Joshua Kurlantzick is a senior fellow on Southeast Asia from the Council on Foreign Relations. His work here could be described by that description. It reads like a policy essay from an IR major and is as easily digestible as one would imagine. In case that wasn't direct enough. This is a difficult and obtuse piece of writing, one that could put most to sleep and generally filled with far more verbage than content.

Like any good essay there are three parts to this book:
- tell them what you will
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Hannah Schulz
I had to read this book for a global competition course and while I was not particularly interested in the topic, it is very well-written and gives plenty of examples to illustrate the arguments. I could envision the main points organized into an essay and definitely would have enjoyed that more; however, if the reader thinks the topic is very interesting, it is likely that they will enjoy this book and find it helpful to expand their understanding of state capitalism.
Darren
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Politics and political systems seem to go full circle and according to the author of this book the state is back in business, control is good and it will keep society on track. State capitalism will help slowly get the excesses of the wilder elements of the free market economy back in order. Or will it?

This was an interesting, albeit difficult at times, book. It takes a thoughtful look at the world and its changing political currents, noting how governments are again holding companies of strate
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Scott
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thought provoking study, and as it was written from the perspective of an American with extensive Southeast Asian experience I could relate well with the approach.

There were points of analysis I disagreed with, but the analysis was pretty sophisticated and did not give pie in the sky recommendations and instead stayed on the groud and took into account political realities.

Worth reading
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Germán
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a quite recent book, and it hasn't aged well. On the plus side, it has loads of data... on the minus, it's not written in an engaging way, to put it mildly.
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