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date: 05 March 2021

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Statehood and governance are core concepts in the political and social sciences. However, most available quantitative data on statehood and governance lack reliability and validity, suffers from methodological nationalism, and fails to include the governance contributions of external or non-state actors. The chapter argues that research on governance in areas of limited statehood is in need of a subnational turn in data generation and has to develop second-generation indicators, which allow for more differentiated analyses of statehood and governance. This contribution critically discusses existing data and approaches of measuring statehood and governance. Furthermore, through empirical examples, the chapter suggests possibilities for subnational measurements of statehood and governance. It here underlines empirically that stark differences between citizens’ perceptions of governance and actual governance provision exist, and that the governance contributions by external and non-state actors have to be considered. It concludes with quality criteria for future data collection efforts.

Keywords: subnational data, research methods, limited statehood, state capacity, governance indicators, Nigeria, governance perceptions, governance provision, external actors, non-state actors

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