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State-Building: Job Creation, Investment Promotion, and the Provision of Basic Services

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Journal Article - Open Access

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Oxford University Oxford United Kingdom

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Rigorous research on state-building is still in its infancy. In this article, I take three issues that are important and distinctive to state-building situations and discuss what research can potentially contribute. The issues are by no means exhaustive they are merely a sample of what needs to be a more comprehensive engagement between scholars and practitioners. There is unfortunately a wide gap between what practitioners need to know and what research can currently show with reasonable confidence. There is a further wide gap between what is known and what is likely to be feasible for researchers in the next few years. At least practitioners should be aware of where they must make decisions unsupported by solid evidence more ambitiously, they can encourage research into those issues that are both feasible and significant.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science

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