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State Formation And Frontier Society: An Empirical Examination

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  • Roberto Foa

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    (Harvard University)

  • Anna Nemirovskaya

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    (National Research University Higher School of Economics)

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    How is state capacity consolidated? While there is a growing literature on state formation and the long-term rise of state capacity, this literature typically deals with differences between countries, neglecting the fact that state formation also occurs differentially within a country over time. This article examines legacies of state formation spatially, by looking at variation within "frontier" states - countries which in recent centuries have extended rule over new territories adjacent to their core regions. Frontier zones within such countries are found to have ongoing lower levels of public order and deficient public goods provision. Several theories are examined to explain this discrepancy, including internal resettlement, costs of monitoring and enforcement, and the relationship between settlers and the indigenous population. It is argued that the formation of strong social institutions among settlers leads to resistance to attempts to impose governance over frontier regions, and to `select for' lower fiscal capacity and lower provision of public goods.

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    Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 13/PS/2014.

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    Length: 34 pages
    Date of creation: 2014
    Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Political Science / PS, June 2014, pages 1-34
    Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:13/ps/2014
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