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State Infrastructural Power: Approaches to Conceptualization and Measurement

  • Hillel Soifer
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Abstract

Michael Mann’s infrastructural power is a concept often applied but rarely rigorously conceptualized and precisely measured. Three distinct analytical lenses of infrastructural power can be derived from his definitions: infrastructural power as the capabilities of the central state, as the territorial reach of the state, and as the effects of the state on society. Exemplary texts applying each of these approaches are used to demonstrate their connection to Mann’s ideas, the relationships between these dimensions, and the boundaries between this and other aspects of the state’s strength. Moving from conceptualization to measurement, the paper shows the costs of common errors in the measurement of infrastructural power, and develops guidelines for its proper empirical application.

Keywords

State infrastructural power State building State-society relations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PoliticsPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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