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Chapter 21: Weak States
International institutions, such as the World Bank and the United Nations, agree that the best recipe for countries to avoid the poverty trap is to strengthen their state capabilities (World Bank, 2012). The inability of a state to raise taxes and govern effectively typically comes together with poor economic outcomes, low public good provision, and internal conflict (Besley & Persson, 2011). Think for instance of Serbia, a relatively poor country surrounded by richer neighbors and with the opulent European Union close by. If Serbian leaders want to walk the path towards European prosperity, they should marketize the Serbian economy, build democratic institutions, impose counter-majoritarian powers ...