Looking Like a State: Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability for Implementation

@article{Pritchett2013LookingLA,
  title={Looking Like a State: Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability for Implementation},
  author={Lant Pritchett and Michael J. V. Woolcock and Matt Andrews},
  journal={The Journal of Development Studies},
  year={2013},
  volume={49},
  pages={1 - 18}
}
Abstract In many nations today the state has little capability to carry out even basic functions like security, policing, regulation or core service delivery. Enhancing this capability, especially in fragile states, is a long-term task: countries like Haiti or Liberia will take many decades to reach even a moderate capability country like India, and millennia to reach the capability of Singapore. Short-term programmatic efforts to build administrative capability in these countries are thus… 

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