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Development Discussion Paper
Fragile States and Development Policy
Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson
January 2011
Paper No' EOPP 022:
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JEL Classification: O10, 019, P45

Tags: state fragility; development

It is widely recognized that fragile states are key symptoms of under-development in many parts of the world. Such states are incapable of delivering basic services to their citizens and political violence is commonplace. As of yet, mainstream development economics has not dealt in any systematic way with such concerns and the implications for development assistance. This paper puts forward a frame-work for analyzing fragile states and applies it to a variety of development policies in different types of states.9076: