Periodic Reporting for period 2 - STATE CAPACITY (Neither Dwarf nor Leviathan: Explaining Territorial and Functional Variation in State Capacity)
Reporting period: 2017-07-01 to 2018-06-30
In light of this, the policy impact of the project is twofold:
- The project develops an empirical measure that is useful for domestic and international policy-makers because it visualizes state capacity for two crucial dimensions connected to security and development. This facilitates the identification of underserved areas.
- States are often accused of not using resources where they are needed most. By examining why efforts to build institutions are unequal and uncovering pressure on the state to invest in specific places, the project sheds light on a crucial, but poorly understood, aspect of state development.
Theoretically and conceptually, the project is rooted in political science. However, the study also speaks to scholars in other fields interested in state capacity such as geography, economics, anthropology, sociology and development studies.