The evolution of thinking about the State in Peter Evans’s view – a theoretical approach
The paper discusses the evolution of Peter Evans’ thought about the theoretical
conditions in which the State can act in order to promote the development of a country. In
a first moment of his thinking, Evans builds the concept of “inserted autonomy”, which is
the basis for his analysis of the development of countries, focused on capital accumulation
and industrial transformation. Evans later recognizes the need to expand this discussion
to broader social groups. The approach used by the author, although similar, is built on
a different theoretical body, which involves a new conceptualization of development. In
this second stage, Evans approaches the idea of deliberative democracy as the mainstay of
development, conceptualizing the 21st century developmental state model.
JEL Classification: B25; B52; D73; H11; P16.
Keywords: Evans State bureaucracy embedded autonomy development developmental democracy