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This article studies the role of the state in development. It provides a review of the relevant literature and gives a distinctive argument that highlights areas suitable for empirical investigation. One of these areas is the politics that descend into predation, while the others turn developmental. It determines the conditions under which the provision of security and the creation of wealth become rational political acts. The article also discusses stateless societies, societies with states, state failure, and the development of the state.
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