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State Formation as an Institutional Phenomenon

Howard Stein

in Beyond the World Bank Agenda

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780226771670
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226771656 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226771656.003.0006
State Formation as an Institutional Phenomenon

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This chapter investigates the way in which the Bank began to reconceptualize the nature and role of states and push a neoclassical vision of the part they play in development. The main focus is on civil service reform, an important element of the World Bank agenda after 1980. Moreover, when considering the major development success stories of our time, it is quite clear that consistency in the quality and capacities of the civil service was a key factor. The chapter also attempts to generate a vision of state formation as an agent of development, in opposition to the views underlying neoliberal reforms. It argues, following Myrdal and Higgins, and contrary to the position of the World Bank, that conditions in developing countries justify greater—not less—state responsibility for development.

Keywords: World Bank; states; development; civil service reform; developing countries; state responsibility; state formation

Chapter.  10523 words. 

Subjects: Financial Markets

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