Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed

  title={Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed},
  author={James C. Scott},
  • James C. Scott
  • Published 1 July 1999
  • History, Political Science, Sociology
In this wide-ranging and original book, James C. Scott analyzes failed cases of large-scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields. He argues that centrally managed social plans derail when they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are not -- and cannot be -- fully understood. Further the success of designs for social organization depends on the recognition that local, practical knowledge is as important as formal, epistemic knowledge. The author… 
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