— Abstract

The topic of the state as a developmental actor is as vast as it is under-theorized, reflecting the fragmentation of the experience and plurality of perspectives. Ideas and practices show the historical ebb and flow of arguments for state intervention in development both in power states and welfare states. The justifications for state intervention range from the need to overcome economic discontinuities; to arguments on the risks of and antidotes to state capture by private interests; to Amartya Sen’s broad approach to development. The development discourse debates currently point towards an integrated social, political, and economic defense of state intervention for welfare achievement.

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