Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-269) and index.
1. The difficulties of state building -- 2. The social foundations of state building in the contemporary era -- 3. State formation in Chile and Peru: institution building and atrophy in unlikely settings -- 4. State formation in Argentina and Uruguay: agrarian capitalism, elite conflict, and the construction of cooperation -- 5. Divergence reinforced: the timing of political inclusion and state strength in Chile and Peru -- 6. The social question and the state: mass mobilization, suffrage, and institutional development in Argentina and Uruguay -- 7. Conclusions, implications, and extensions: social foundations, Germany/Prussia, and the limits of contemporary state building.
"Provides an account of long-run institutional development in Latin America that emphasizes the social and political foundations of state-building processes" -- provided by publisher.