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date: 16 September 2019

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Building on the longstanding affinity between historical institutionalism and the development of state capacity, this chapter explores opportunities for deeper engagement. First, it sketches a research agenda for the study of failed state-building and its implications. Second, it identifies two elements of continuity in state development: the steady growth of state scope over time, and the persistence over time of state capacity. Studying these issues will require historical institutionalists to think more broadly about assessing institutional evolution, and press scholars of the state to better theorize the relationship between the state’s capacity and the strength of its component institutions.

Keywords: state-building, state capacity, state weakness, public administration, institutional strength

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