Does accomplish have an object in the following sentence?

The stability of this growth over extended periods, during which policies and circumstances varied, is quite remarkable and again raises questions regarding what economic policies are able to accomplish.

I think it is the stability of this growth but I am not sure. I am not sure it has an object at all.

  • It is the economic policies which can do the accomplishing here. What can be the object of to accomplish.... ? – P. E. Dant Aug 12 '16 at 6:26
  • "What" is object of "accomplish". "What economic policies are able to accomplish" is a subordinate interrogative clause. The meaning of the sentence is "... raises questions regarding the answer to the question 'What are economic policies able to accomplish?"' – user36764 Aug 12 '16 at 19:13

I suggest what is the object of to accomplish

what economic policies are able to accomplish

economic policies are able to accomplish what?

  • @djna You mean that economic policy cannot do anything or they haven't anything to do with this success? – comi Aug 12 '16 at 6:28
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    I was saying only that what is the object. The author is arguing that as growth was seemingly consistent through a range of different policies this may suggest that, as you say, that the policies did not influence the success. – djna Aug 12 '16 at 6:33
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    @comi - That is a question about comprehension. You're asking djna to explain the entire sentence not in terms of its structure, but in terms of the context of an entire book by Shahid Yusuf. That's off-topic here. We haven't read Development Economics through the Decades: A Critical Look at Thirty Years of the World Development Report. – P. E. Dant Aug 12 '16 at 6:33
  • @P.E.Dant, I am really sorry, I know that I am ....somehow. You know this book is really very difficult for a beginner like me and It is really making me .... Again, I am sorry. – comi Aug 12 '16 at 6:39
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    @comi The author suggests that we are compelled to ask "What did the policies accomplish?" That is, since growth was stable while economic policy varied, how can we attribute the growth to the policies? The author does not give an answer in the passage you have given us. – StoneyB on hiatus Aug 12 '16 at 10:58

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