Discussion paper

DP8285 Fragile States and Development Policy

It is widely recognized that fragile states are key symptoms of under-development in many parts of the world. Such states are incapable of delivering basic services to their citizens and political violence is commonplace. As of yet, mainstream development economics has not dealt in any systematic way with such concerns and the implications for development assistance. This paper puts forward a framework for analyzing fragile states and applies it to a variety of development policies in different types of states.


Persson, T and T Besley (2011), ‘DP8285 Fragile States and Development Policy‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 8285. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp8285