Changing Business-State Relations in Development

With the growing role allocated to business in development thinking and practice, especially in relation to the SDGs, the relationship of business with the state is more crucial than ever. Business is not an autonomous or homogeneous development actor, and the contribution of business to development is shaped by its interactions with the state.

The dried chillies are packed and being loaded to send it to the spice plants for further processing at Sindhanur, Raichur district, Karnataka, India.

The state may engage not only as regulator or coordination partner, but also at times as facilitator, co-conspirator, or adversary. There is much we still need to learn about the structure and process of business and the state interactions with regards to specific and general development issues. This project therefore aims to assess the state of play in research on state-business relations in developing countries, and outline a research agenda which builds on this foundation towards better understanding of the role of state-business relations in shaping development outcomes, including but also beyond economic growth. 

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Photo of Mar Maestre Morales, Globalisation

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IDS Research Fellow Seife Ayele

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State–Business Relations Beyond Growth: Bringing in Development

IDS Evidence Report 215 (2016)
Ayele, S., Mader, P. and Thorpe, J. with Gu, J., Maestre, M. and Reed, P.
Project Dates:
March 2016 - December 2016
Project Status:
Department for International Development (DFID)
Research Themes / Programmes:
Business and Development Centre