Book Chapter

State-Business Relations and Development: Toward a More Complete Research Agenda

Published on 18 October 2019

Business and Development Studies: Issues and Perspectives provides a comprehensive collection of cutting-edge theoretical and empirical contributions to the emerging field of business and development studies.

Compared to more traditional business-school accounts of business in developing countries which focus on the challenges and opportunities of doing business in developing countries, this anthology explores whether, how, and under what conditions business contributes to the achievement of economic, social, and environmental goals in developing countries. The book consolidates the current status of academic work on business and development, identifies state of the art in relation to this academic field, and establishes a future research agenda for ‘business and development studies’ as an emerging academic discipline within the social sciences.

The book will be of interest to researchers and students, including economists, geographers, sociologists, political scientists, corporate social responsibility specialists, and development scholars who are seeking an in-depth overview of current debates about the role of business as a development agent in the Global South. The book is also of relevance to practitioners that are engaged in work with the private sector seeking to enhance the positive effects and minimize the negative economic, social, and environmental consequences of business activity in the Global South.

Cite this publication

Thorpe, J. and Mader, P. (2019) 'State-Business Relations and Development: Toward a More Complete Research Agenda', in P. Lund-Thomsen; M. Wendelboe Hansen and A. Lindgreen (eds), Business and Development Studies: Issues and Perspectives, Abingdon: Routledge


Jodie Thorpe

Research Fellow

Philip Mader

Research Fellow

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