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The politics of state, society and economy

John M. Luiz (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



Takes issue with the way in which economics deals with the state and assumes homogeneous capacity. Instead it argues that differences in growth rates between countries can be traced back to the capacity of the state and political system. A state that is relatively capable is able to provide a political environment conducive to growth. It highlights the role of the élite in the development process, the necessity for a competent and insulated economic bureaucracy, and the significance of “embedded autonomy” for the state. These elements shape the nature and capacity of the state.



Luiz, J.M. (2000), "The politics of state, society and economy", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 227-243.




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