The Role of the State in Development

Robert H. Bates

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Role of the State in Development

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This article studies the role of the state in development. It provides a review of the relevant literature and gives a distinctive argument that highlights areas suitable for empirical investigation. One of these areas is the politics that descend into predation, while the others turn developmental. It determines the conditions under which the provision of security and the creation of wealth become rational political acts. The article also discusses stateless societies, societies with states, state failure, and the development of the state.

Keywords: state; development; empirical investigation; politics; security; creation of wealth; stateless societies; state failure; societies with states

Article.  6402 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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