Bureaucratic Effects: 'Weberian' State Structures and Poverty Reduction

CPRC Working Paper No. 31

27 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2011

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Jeffrey Henderson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

H. Jalilian

University of Bradford

Richard Phillips

University of Manchester

Date Written: July 1, 2003

Abstract

Work developed broadly within the Weberian tradition has argued, for a long time, that there is a link between effective bureaucratic institutions and economic development. In a widely cited article, Evans and Rauch (1999) have demonstrated that there is a strong relationship between a national state's bureaucratic capacities (what they refer to as its 'Weberianness') and its record on economic growth. Drawing on their work, this paper examines an equally crucial relation: that of state bureaucratic capacities to poverty reduction. Using the Evans-Rauch data set and the best available data sets on income poverty for the period 1970-90, the paper analyses data for 29 developing and middle income countries. On the basis of this work, the paper concludes that, in general, there is indeed a strong relationship between states with effective 'Weberian' public institutions and their ability to reduce poverty.

Keywords: international comparisons

Suggested Citation

Henderson, Jeffrey and Hulme, David and Jalilian, Hossein and Phillips, Richard, Bureaucratic Effects: 'Weberian' State Structures and Poverty Reduction (July 1, 2003). CPRC Working Paper No. 31, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1754432 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1754432

Jeffrey Henderson

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

David Hulme (Contact Author)

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )

Manchester M13 9GH
United Kingdom

Hossein Jalilian

University of Bradford ( email )

Bradford
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD9 4JL
United Kingdom

Richard Phillips

University of Manchester

Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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