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Failed States, Vicious Cycles, and a Proposal

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  • Raghuram G. Rajan

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The problems of failed states, including the repeated return to power of former warlords are examined. It is argued that this causes institutions to become weaker and people to get poorer. It is argued that economic power through property holdings or human capital gives people the means to hold their leaders accountable. In the absence of such distributed power, dictators reign. [Working Paper No. 243]. URL: [http://www.cgdev.org/content/publications/detail/1424879].

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Keywords: poorer; leaders; dictators; states; power; warloads; institutions; economic power; accountable; human capital; economic environment; foreign aid; vicious cycles; government;

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