Considering widespread implication of development projects, it seems that development is the only solution for elimination of problems such as poverty, starvation, insecurity and eventually justice. Developmental state and good governance theory are two major development theories which formulate the attainment of the mentioned goals. Developmental state theorists argue that development achievement requires a powerful state while supporters of the good governance idea, believe that development depends on elevating the governances quality and creation of trust between state and citizens. These two theories have many theoretical tensions. In this article we investigate such tensions and have come to the conclusion that developmental state and good governance theory have no discrepancies. Actually implementation and dissemination of good governance needs developmental state, in the other words, it is prerequisite for good governance.