- 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
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.
“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).