Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East, New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.




“Foreword” in Adam White (ed.) The Everyday Life of the State. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2013.

  • “The ‘state in society’ concept used in this volume has been developed by political scientist Joel S. Migdal.”



Boundaries and Belonging: States and Societies in the Struggle to Shape Identities and Local Practices. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge, 2004.

  •        Now in paper



PalPeopleThe Palestinian People: A History. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2003. Joel S. Migdal, and Baruch Kimmerling.

    • Palestinians: The Making of a People (with Baruch Kimmerling ) (New York: The Free Press, 1993). Paperback edition, Harvard University Press, 1994.
    • Italian edition (I palesti­nesi: la genesi di un popolo), La Nuova Italia, 1994—second Italian edition, 2003;
    • Hebrew edition, Keter, 1999.
    • Serialized by Al-Ithihad (Israeli newspaper in Arabic), Jan.-March 2000.
    • Arabic edition, The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (Madar), 2001



Through the Lens of Israel: Explorations in State and Society. SUNY series in Israeli studies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001.




State in Society: Studying How States and Societies Transform and Constitute One Another. Cambridge studies in comparative politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.




State Power and Social Forces: Domination and Transformation in the Third World. Cambridge studies in comparative politics. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press, 1994. Joel S. Migdal, Atul Kohli, and Vivienne Shue.




Rules and Rights in the Middle East: Democracy, Law, and Society. Jackson School publications in international studies. Seattle: University of Washington, 1993. Ellis Goldberg, Reşat Kasaba, and Joel S. Migdal.




Strong Societies and Weak States: State-Society Relations and State Capabilities in the Third World. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1988.



Palestinian Society and Politics. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1980.

Patterns of Policy: Comparative and Longitudinal Studies of Population Events. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, 1979. John D. Montgomery, Harold D. Lasswell, and Joel S. Migdal.

Peasants, Politics, and Revolution: Pressures Towards Political and Social Change in the Third World (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1974) Chinese edition, 1996.

Articles & Chapters

“Statebuilding and the Non-Nation-State,” 58 Journal of International Affairs, (Fall 2004).

“Mental Maps and Virtual Checkpoints: Struggles to Construct and Maintain State and Social Boundaries” in Migdal, ed., Boundaries and Belonging.

“Changing Boundaries and Social Crisis: Israel and the 1967 War” in Stephen Heydemann, ed., War, Institutions, and Social Change in the Middle East (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000).

“Why Do So Many States Stay Intact?” in Peter Dauvergne, ed., Weak and Strong States in Asia-Pacific Societies (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1998).

“Studying the State” in Mark I. Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman, eds., Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture, and Structure (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

“Finding the Meeting Ground of Fact and Fiction: Some Reflections on Turkish Modernization” in Reşat Kasaba and Sibel Bozdoğan, eds., Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Tur­key (University of Washington Press, 1998). Also published in Turkish.

“Integration and Disintegration: An Approach to Society Formation” in Luc Van DeGoor, Kumar Rupesinghe, and Paul Sciarone, eds., Between Development and Destruction: An Enquiry into the Causes of Conflict in Post-Colonial States (St. Martin’s Press, 1996).

“Society Formation and the Case of Israel” in Michael Barnett, ed., Israel in Comparative Poli­tics: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom (SUNY Press, 1996).

“The State in Society: An Approach to Struggles for Domination,” in Joel S. Migdal, Atul Kohli, Vivienne Shue, eds., State Power and Social Forces: Domination and Transformation in the Third World (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

“Introduction” and “Civil Society in Israel,” in Rules and Rights in the Middle East: Democracy, Law and Society, Ellis Goldberg, Resat Kasaba, Joel S. Migdal, eds. (University of Washington Press, 1993).

“The Power and Limits of States: Struggles for Domination Between States and Societies” in Volker Bornschier and Peter Lengyel, eds., Waves, Formations and Values in the World System, World Society Studies Vol. 2 (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1992).

“Religion, Class, and Democracy in the Middle East,” Perspectives on War and Peace, 8 (Spring. 1991): 13-14.

“The State in Society: Struggle and Accommodations in Multiple Arenas,” States and Social Structures Newsletter, No. 13 (Spring, 1990): 1-5.

Individual Change in the Midst of Social and Political Change,” Social Science Journal 25 (1988), 125-139.

“The Individual and Rapid Change,” Paper No. 1/87 of The David Horowitz Institute for the Re­search of Developing Countries, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel (1987)

“The Crystallization of the State and the Struggles over Rulemaking: Israel in Comparative Per­spective,” in Boundaries of the Israeli System, ed. by Baruch Kimmerling (Albany: SUNY Press, 1988).

“Vision and Practice: The Leader, the State, and the Transformation of Society,” International Political Science Review 9 (1988): 23-41.

“Strong States, Weak States: Strategies of Elite Survival,” in Understanding Political Develop­ment, ed. by Myron Weiner and Samuel Huntington (Cambridge, MA: Little, Brown, 1987).

“A Model of State-Society Relations” in New Directions in Comparative Politics, ed. by Howard J. Wiarda (Boulder: Westview Press, 1985)

“Studying the Politics of Development and Change:  The State of the Art” in Political Science:  The State of the Discipline, ed. by Ada W. Finifter (Washington,D.C.:  American Political Sci­ence Association, 1983).

“Capitalist Penetration in the Nineteenth Century: Creating Conditions for New Patterns of Social Control” in Power and Protest in the Countryside:  Studies of Rural Unrest in Asia, Europe and Latin America, ed. by Robert P. Weller and Scott E. Guggenheim (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1982).

Harold D. Lasswell, John D. Montgomery, and Joel S. Migdal, “Thinking about Policies in Pat­terns: Contexts and Sequences” (in Patterns of Policy).

“Policy in Context:  The Intended and the Unintended in Migration Policy in the third World” (in Patterns of Policy).

“Policy and Power:  A Framework for the Study of Comparative Policy Contexts in Third World Countries,” Public Policy, 25 (Spring, 1977); reprinted in Policy Studies Review Annual, Vol. II, ed. by Harold E. Freeman (Beverly Hills, Calif.:  Sage, 1978).

“State and Society in a Society Without a State” in The Palestinians and the Middle East Con­flict, ed. by Gabriel Ben-Dor  (Ramat Gan, Israel:  Turtledove, 1978).

“Urbanization and Political Change:  The Impact of Foreign Rule,”  Comparative Studies in Society and History, 19 (July, 1977).

“The Tensions of Modernization:  A Theory of the Role of the Family in Societal Change,”  International Journal of Group Tensions, (September, 1974).

“Internal Structure and External Behavior:  Explaining Foreign Policies of Third World States,” International Relations, 4 (May,1974).

“Population Growth, Economic Crisis, and Development in Rural Areas of the Third World,” ITCC Review, 3 (July,1974).

“Why Change?  Towards a Theory of Change Among Individuals in the Process of Moderniza­tion,” World Politics, 26 (January, 1974).