The State in a changing world: World Development Report 1997: summary

The State in a changing world: World Development Report 1997: summary

An effective state is vital for the provision of the goods and services--and the rules and institutions--that allow markets to flourish and people to lead healthier, happier lives. Without it, sustainable development, both economic and social, is impossible. Many said much the same thing fifty years ago, but then they tended to mean that development had to be state-provided. The message of experience since then is rather different: that the state is central to economic and social development, not as a direct provider of growth but as a partner, catalyst, and facilitator.

The statistics from the report can also be downloaded in csv format for spreadsheet use: http://www.worldbank.org/html/prdmg/grthweb/wdr97.htm

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