Developmental state and development in Iran

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 PhD, Political Science, Faculty of Law and Political science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


By using a model of Development, called Developmental State, which appeared during the history of development in East Asia region, the current essay tries to present a review on possibility of Iran’s transition to economic development. It is supposed that the ground is prepared for Iran’s transition to development through effective state intervention in economy. Unlimited access of Iran to a very rich material and human resources including oil and natural gas, and also human capital, are among the main factors that can support the state to reach its developmental goals. Meanwhile, the possibility to transition to the development in Iran through state intervention in economy is faced with a critical risks and challenges which originate from special features of Iran’s economy which are inefficiency of state-owned economy and the way of oil revenues’ expenditure in economy by the state.


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