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State capacity, conflict and development

Besley, Timothy and Persson, Torsten (2009) State capacity, conflict and development. Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers, EOPP 10. Suntory Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

We report on an on-going project, which asks a number of questions relevant to the study of state capacity. What are the main economic and political determinants of the state’s capacity to raise revenue and support private markets? How do risks of violent conflict affect the incentives to invest in state building? Does it matter whether conflicts are external or internal to the state? When are large states associated with higher income levels and growth rates than small states? What relations should we expect between resource rents, civil wars and economic development? The paper is organized into three main sections: 1. The origins of state capacity, 2. Sate capacity and the genius of taxation, and 3. State capacity and the strategy of conflict. Each of these begins with a specific motivation. A simple model is formulated to analyze the determinants of state capacity in the first section, and modified to address the new issues that arise in subsequent sections. The theoretical results are summarized in a number of propositions. We discuss the implications of the theory, comment on its relation to existing literature, and briefly mention some empiric applications.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series....
Additional Information: © 2009 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: H - Public Economics > H1 - Structure and Scope of Government > H10 - General
P - Economic Systems > P1 - Capitalist Systems > P16 - Political Economy
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O10 - General
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: EOPP 10
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2009 16:26
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25426/

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