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Seeds of Stability
Land Reform and US Foreign Policy

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  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316636640

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  • Under what conditions do the governments of developing countries manage to reform their way out of political and economic instability? When are they instead overwhelmed by the forces of social conflict? What role can great powers play in shaping one outcome or the other? This book is among the first to show in detail how the United States has used foreign economic policy, including foreign aid, as a tool for intervening in the developing world. Specifically, it traces how the United States promoted land reform as a vehicle for producing political stability. By showing where that policy proved stabilizing, and where it failed, a nuanced account is provided of how the local structure of the political economy plays a decisive role in shaping outcomes on the ground.

    • Emphasizes the importance of the local political economy as an 'intervening variable' between US foreign policy and outcomes on the ground
    • Integrates economics and security in development studies, appealing to readers who seek a deeper understanding of the purposes of foreign economic policy
    • Provides a useful lens for examining America's wider diplomatic, military, and economic relations with the developing world, ranging widely from early Cold War intervention by the US in Japan, Korea and Italy to the long-standing involvement of the US in Latin America from the 1950s to the 1990s
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    'Kapstein's ambitious study represents a landmark contribution to the study of US post-war intervention in the developing world. Focusing on economic reform - and especially land reform - Kapstein shows through meticulous archival work and riveting case studies that the US sought to promote reform in an effort stabilize friendly governments and stem peasant uprisings. The book is a must-read for students of foreign policy, diplomacy, development, and land reform.' Michael Albertus, University of Chicago

    'The study of peasant rebellion is back. Ethan B. Kapstein rewrites the history of the Cold War in this fascinating book on the causes and consequences of US foreign-assistance policy. With communism on the march, US policymakers promoted land reform as a way to shore up political stability. Seeds of Stability tells us why they did so and why they were only sometimes successful.' Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316636640
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. From Grievance Theory to Reformist Intervention:
    2. Grievance theory and US foreign policy
    3. The strategy of reformist intervention
    Part II. Promoting Land Reform: Success and Failure:
    4. Land to the tiller in the early Cold War: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Italy
    5. Land reform as counterinsurgency policy: the Philippines and South Vietnam
    6. Land reform and social revolution in Latin America:
    7. Iran: did land reform backfire?
    Part III. Looking Ahead:
    8. Land and conflict in the twenty-first century
    9. The future of reformist intervention.

  • Author

    Ethan B. Kapstein, Arizona State University
    Ethan B. Kapstein holds the Arizona Centennial Chair at Arizona State University, where he is affiliated with the McCain Institute for International Leadership, and is also Associate Director of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Program, based at Princeton University. He is co-author (with John Busby) of AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations (Cambridge, 2013), which won the Don K. Price Award for best book on Science, Technology and Environmental Studies from the American Political Science Association.

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