Leading Issues in Economic Development

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CHAPTER IX
Political Economy

Overview

IX.A. THE (PROPER) ROLE OF THE STATE IN LESS DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

SELECTION IX.A.1. PUBLIC POLICY AND THE ECONOMICS OF
DEVELOPMENT

EXHIBIT IX.A.1. MARKET FAILURE AND STATE INTERVENTION

Comment IX.A.1. Development Planning

Comment IX.A.2. Governing the Market

IX.B. RENT SEEKING AND GOVERNMENT FAILURE

Note IX.B.1. What Are Rents?

SELECTION IX.B.1. THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE RENT-SEEKING
SOCIETY

Comment IX.B.1. Complete Rent Dissipation Through Competitive Rent
Seeking in the Harris–Todaro Model

Comment IX.B.2. The Relationship Between Rent Seeking and Corruption

SELECTION IX.B.2. THE REGULATION OF ENTRY

SELECTION IX.B.3. AFRICA'S GROWTH TRAGEDY: POLICIES AND ETHNIC
DIVISIONS

IX.C. STATE CAPACITY

SELECTION IX.C.1. INSTITUTIONS AND ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE:
CROSS-COUNTRY TESTS USING ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONAL
MEASURES

SELECTION IX.C.2. THE STATE AS PROBLEM AND SOLUTION: PREDATION,
EMBEDDED AUTONOMY, AND ADJUSTMENT

SELECTION IX.C.3. TAKING TRADE POLICY SERIOUSLY: EXPORT
SUBSIDIZATION AS A CASE STUDY IN POLICY EFFECTIVENESS

SELECTION IX.C.4. BUREAUCRATIC STRUCTURE AND BUREAUCRATIC
PERFORMANCE IN LESS DEVELOPED COUNTRIES


Overview

Since the origin of modern development economics in the 1950s, thinking about the state and economic development has gone through three phases. The first, most optimistic phase viewed the state as an essentially benevolent leader of the development process, an “omniscient so

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