Bureaucracy and Development

45 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2021 Last revised: 13 May 2022

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Timothy J. Besley

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Robin Burgess

London School of Economics (LSE) - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Adnan Khan

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Guo Xu

University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

Date Written: August 2021

Abstract

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in whether and how bureaucratic effectiveness contributes to development. Just what makes for an effective bureaucracy and what are the building blocks of state capacity remain subject to debate. This paper reviews the arguments connecting contemporary research using administrative data and field experiments to wider discussions of the origins of state capacity. Most current research has been focused on understanding specific features of the environment in which bureaucrats operate. We connect this to discussions of bureaucratic systems, specifically the relationship to politics, citizens, firms and NGOs.

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Suggested Citation

Besley, Timothy J. and Burgess, Robin and Khan, Adnan and Xu, Guo, Bureaucracy and Development (August 2021). NBER Working Paper No. w29163, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3909595

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