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date: 24 January 2021

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This chapter considers predatory states and their transformations. It focuses on a tension between the idea that predatory states reflect the greed of ruling elites and the idea that predatory states emerge from the short-term survival strategies of politically vulnerable regimes. Contemporary debates center on whether predatory regimes can evolve in ways that are compatible with economic growth and institutional development. This chapter reviews the literature on predatory states in an effort to consider their transformations. It is divided into five sections. In Section 1 I answer the question: What are predatory states? In Section 2 I delve into the intellectual evolution of this concept. This leads to an assessment of the current situation (Section 3) and the likely future of predatory states (Section 4). Finally, I offer a short conclusion in Section 5.

Keywords: predatory states, state transformation, predatory regimes, patrimonial cultures, state failure, rent-seeking, political networks

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