VoxEU Talk

State capacity and development

Tim Besley of the London School of Economics talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about the importance of a country’s fiscal capacity and legal capacity for its development prospects – and the link to policy debates about ‘fragile states’. The interview was recorded in London in June 2011 after a ‘blue-sky’ conference on development policy-making organised by CAGE, the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the World Economy at the University of Warwick.