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Development and the State in the 21st Century

Tackling the Challenges facing the Developing World

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Development and the State in the 21st Century provides a comprehensive analysis of the state's role in contemporary development.

The book examines the challenges that states face in the developing world – from lasting...

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Development and the State in the 21st Century provides a comprehensive analysis of the state's role in contemporary development. The book examines the challenges that states face in the developing world – from lasting poverty and political instability to disease and natural disasters – and explores the ways in which states can build capacity to surmount these challenges. It takes seriously the role that state institutions can play in development while also looking at what institutional reform entails and why this reform is critical for policy recommendations to work. This analysis is set in the context of the evolution of both development practice and development theory.Chapters are organized around the key issues in the field and deploy a wide range of examples from different countries. A range of case studies throughout the text demonstrate the variety of problems development practitioners face and the key theoretical debates surrounding the subject. This text will be particularly useful to students of development and politics who wish to understand how governance and state-building can improve countries' economic performance and end cycles of poverty.

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A comprehensive text on the central importance of the state to international development

Chapters can be easily matched to class, with each discussing a new challenge to development and proposing solutions

Examines the importance of governance and institutional reform for policy recommendations to work

Sets development in its historical context along with the key theoretical approaches to it.

1. Setting the Stage: What is Development?.- 2. Theories of Development.- 3. Debates on the State and Development.- 4. Institutions and Development.- 5. Poverty Traps.- 6. Intractable Instability.- 7. Corruption.- 8. Colonialism and Geography.- 9. Debt and Financial Crises.- 10. Natural Disasters and Natural Resources.- 11. Disease Vulnerabilities.- 12. Globalization.- 13. Foreign Aid and NGOs.- 14. Conclusion.

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Natasha Ezrow is Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex, UK, where she also serves as the Director of the International Development Studies Programme.


Erica Frantz is Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, USA. She was previously a political analyst at the Institute for Physical Sciences, an intelligence-oriented think-tank in McLean, USA.


Andrea Kendall-Taylor is an Analyst for the United States Government. She specializes in the political dynamics of autocracy, democratization, and political instability.

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Natasha Ezrow is Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex, UK, where she also serves as the Director of the International Development Studies Programme.


Erica Frantz is Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, USA. She was previously a political analyst at the Institute for Physical Sciences, an intelligence-oriented think-tank in McLean, USA.


Andrea Kendall-Taylor is an Analyst for the United States Government. She specializes in the political dynamics of autocracy, democratization, and political instability.

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