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date: 18 April 2021

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This chapter serves as an introduction to Part V and considers state transformations in the Global South. It begins by briefly describing the history of states as well as key state characteristics that are common throughout much of the region. This Section notes considerable diversity among states in the region but recognizes three common similarities: a history of colonialism and relatively low levels of both democracy and state capacity. The second Section reviews four issues that are particularly relevant to contemporary state transformations in the region: poverty, dependence, ethnic and national divisions, and late development. The chapter ends by outlining the subsequent chapters in Part V.

Keywords: the state, Global South, state transformations, poverty, dependence, ethnicity, development

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