State formation in post-colonial societies differed greatly from the formation of the Western capitalist state. The latter has been extensively studied, while a coherent grasp of the post-colonial state has remained elusive. Amin-Khan provides a critical historical and contemporary understanding of post-colonial state formations in Asia and Africa with a focus on the states of India and Pakistan. Although India and Pakistan have similar colonial legacies, the political and economic development since decolonization in these two states has differed dramatically: the former is considered as the 'world's largest democracyâ€TM and a thriving capitalist state, whereas the latter is largely seen as a client praetorian state. The book analyzes how these divergent development trajectories have emerged and produced hope in one case, and despair in the other that is exacerbated by the powerful military and civil bureaucracy, and self-serving feudal oligarchs. As the nature of Indian and Pakistani states is analyzed and identified, their differing character can be also generalized as the two prevalent state forms of post-colonial societies: the capitalist and the proto-capitalist post-colonial states.
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