Governance and State Capacity

Felicity Matthews

in The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560530
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Governance and State Capacity

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This article examines how governance is related to the concept of state capacity using a third-wave analogy. It explains that the third-wave approach to understanding state capacity seeks to challenge the implicit assumption within first- and second-wave accounts that state capacity has been externally drained in order to posit a more refined way of understanding the redistribution of power within modern polities. The article presents an overview of the first-wave literature, outlines the challenge presented by the second-wave literature, and proposes an alternative way of understanding state capacity: of governance as understood through the paradox of state capacity.

Keywords: governance; state capacity; redistribution of power; modern polities; third-wave approach

Article.  6004 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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