The judging of nations: some comments on The assessment of regimes in the new states, 

in: Archives EuropeČnnes de Sociologie, vol. 18 no. 2 (1977), pp. 245-261


(by Clifford Geertz)




The relationship of normative political theory to empirical study of new states is discussed, in particular, the development of standards of judgment with relation to the performance of such states. Three aspects of their political life--nationalism, authoritarianism, & the tendency to create enclave economies, are discussed as examples of ways in which our deepening empirical knowledge of the new states raises important issues for normative political theory. AA




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