Minding Weber More than Ever? The Impacts of State Capacity and Bureaucratic Autonomy on Development Goals

Cingolani, Luciana & Thomsson, Kaj & de Crombrugghe, Denis, 2013. "Minding Weber more than ever? The impacts of State Capacity and Bureaucratic Autonomy on development goals," MERIT Working Papers 052, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Te

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Luciana Cingolani

UNU-MERIT

Kaj Thomsson

Maastricht University - Department of Economics

Denis de Crombrugghe

Maastricht University

Date Written: October 22, 2013

Abstract

The notion of state capacity has attracted renewed interest over the last few years, in particular in the study of violent conflict. Yet, state capacity is conceived differently depending on whether the interest lies in the state's power to discourage violent conflict, in its ability to administer efficiently, or simply in its capacity to foster economic development. In this article, we examine the links between state capacity and bureaucratic autonomy, and discuss the conditions under which these converge or differ. Using panel data over 1990-2010 and a novel indicator of bureaucratic autonomy, we then estimate the separate effect of state capacity and bureaucratic autonomy on two of the MDGs indicators: child mortality and the prevalence of tuberculosis. The evidence suggests that a) bureaucratic autonomy has a stronger impact than commonly used measures of state capacity; and b) both bureaucratic autonomy plays a more important role for these indicators than traditional macroeconomic variables.

Keywords: state capacity, institutions, bureaucracies, millennium development goals, child mortality, tuberculosis

JEL Classification: I38, D73, O43, O50

Suggested Citation

Cingolani, Luciana and Thomsson, Kaj and Crombrugghe, Denis de, Minding Weber More than Ever? The Impacts of State Capacity and Bureaucratic Autonomy on Development Goals (October 22, 2013). Cingolani, Luciana & Thomsson, Kaj & de Crombrugghe, Denis, 2013. "Minding Weber more than ever? The impacts of State Capacity and Bureaucratic Autonomy on development goals," MERIT Working Papers 052, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Te. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2456595 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2456595

Luciana Cingolani

UNU-MERIT ( email )

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Kaj Thomsson (Contact Author)

Maastricht University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Denis de Crombrugghe

Maastricht University ( email )

Keizer Karelplein 19
PO Box 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands

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