UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

State Failure in Developing Countries and Institutional Reform Strategies

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AUTHOR Mushtaq Khan
ORGANIZATION World Bank
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2004
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

Two radically different theoretical views on the role of the state in economic development have driven policy debates on the location of state failure and the priorities of institutional reform in developing countries. A lack of clarity on this underlying difference has been the source of much confusion. This paper refers to the dominant view, which has underpinned the mainstream consensus on the state, as the service delivery model, and the second view, which looks at the role of the state in the context of the transition to capitalism, as the social transformation model.              


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