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society, without requiring any institutionalised negotiation. Thus the advanced capitalist democracies are ‘despotically weak but infrastructurally strong’. 51 Joel Migdal, Strong Societies and Weak States: State–Society Relations and State Capabilities in the Third World (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988). 52 On Russian state weakness as leading to the emergence of ‘mafia’ groups which exert partial control over organised violence and taxation, see Vadim Volkov, ‘Violent Entrepreneurship in Post-Communist Russia’, Europe–Asia Studies, 51:5 (1999), pp

in Limiting institutions?