Seeing Like a State

By James C. Scott


“One of the most profound and illuminating studies of this century to have been published in recent decades.” —John Gray, New York Times Book ReviewHailed as “a magisterial critique of top-down social planning” by the New York Times, this essential work analyzes disasters from Russia to Tanzania to uncover why states so often fail—sometimes catastr…


Published date: January 1, 1998
Type: Books
Genre: Philosophy, Politics

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I return to this book "Seeing Like A State" so often. It's about the barriers you hit when you try to fit a complex messy world into neat categorical boxes for data analysis, and the dizzying political history of that project. Highly, hugely recommended for all data nerds.