Bureaucracy and Development
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in whether and how bureaucratic effectiveness contributes to development. Just what makes for an effective bureaucracy and what are the building blocks of state capacity remain subject to debate. This paper reviews the arguments connecting contemporary research using administrative data and field experiments to wider discussions of the origins of state capacity. Most current research has been focused on understanding specific features of the environment in which bureaucrats operate. We connect this to discussions of bureaucratic systems, specifically the relationship to politics, citizens, firms and NGOs.
Jonathan Old and Jack Thiemel provided excellent research assistance for the paper. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.