What role should the state have in driving development?

What role should the state have in driving development?

Paper instructions:
this is for a MASTERS level essay, Politics of Development class. I really, really need a good grade on this essay. Please help!!

The essay has to be heavily academic based. Keeping opinions to the barest minimum. Needless to say the professor hates essays that are more personal opinion based. And he likes it when some of the references he gave in the module’s reading list are used.

Below are some parts from the Module’s readings list:
1. Understanding State Policy
—This part of the module looks at the politics of development practice. This is not to try to define a correct development model, but rather to look at the power relations that underpin attempts to transform developing societies. Clearly, the state has been a key agent in development practice.
——-Chang, H. J., Grabel, I. (2004) Reclaiming Development: An Alternative Economic Policy Manual
——-Reinert. E. (2008) How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor
——-Rodrick, D. (2008) One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth
——-Robinson, J. Acemoglu, D. (2013) Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty
2. Neoliberal Policy and Strategy
—Neoliberalism is a theory based in a desire to liberalise markets. Neoliberals believe that markets forces are the lest worst way to organise resources and indeed societies. Thus, development within the neoliberal worldview is seen largely as a story of market development, competition, and economic openness. This approach has become very strong in the last thirty years.
——-Brohman, J. (1995) ‘Economism and Critical Silences in Development Studies: a Theoretical Critique of Neoliberalism’, Third World Quarterly, Vol.16, No.2
——-Cammack, P. (2002). Neoliberalism, the World Bank and the New Politics of Development. Development Theory and Practice: Critical Perspectives. U. Kothari, & Minogue, M. Basingstoke, Palgrave: 157-178.
——-Cypher & Dietz (2004) The processes of economic development Routledge, chapter 7
——-Ferguson, J. (1995). From African Socialism to Scientific Capitalism: Reflections on the Legitimation Crisis in IMF-Ruled Africa. Debating Development Discourse. D. Moore and G. Schmitz. Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan: 129-149.

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