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Transition and reform in a predatory state: the case of Paraguay

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This paper examines the problems of public and institutional reforms within the context of a so-called predatory state. The predatory state is one that acts in the interest of an elite rather than pursue a coherent strategy for economic development. The argument is that, even after the process of political transition is begun, important reforms are blocked by a lingering institutional overhang that continues to serve the predatory elite. We examine the experience of Paraguay that disposed of its dictator in 1989 and began a democratic transition. The failure to implement needed reforms is shown to have blocked a revival of economic growth and development.

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  • Donald Richards, 2008. "Transition and reform in a predatory state: the case of Paraguay," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 11(2), pages 101-114.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jecprf:v:11:y:2008:i:2:p:101-114
    DOI: 10.1080/17487870802031403
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    1. Straub, Stéphane, 2014. "Political Firms, Public Procurement, and the Democratization Process," TSE Working Papers 14-461, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).

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