Do Strong Governments Produce Strong Economies?
Nov 10, 2000
Hilton L. Root

Few terms are as ubiquitous in the social sciences as that of the "strong state," yet there is no agreement on how to define it. The strong state crops up in the writings of economists, political scientists and sociologists. It has been labeled both a destroyer and creator of wealth. It has been connected both to chronic underdevelopment and, just as frequently, to high levels of economic performance.

If everyone knows what a strong state is, why do they disagree over its role?