Tim Besley talks to Romesh Vaitilingam on Voxeu.eu about the importance of a country's fiscal capacity and legal capacity for its development prospects - and the link to policy debates about "fragile states". The interview was recorded in London in June 2011 after a "blue-sky" conference on development policy-making organised by CAGE, the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the World Economy at the University of Warwick.

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