The Rise of Effective States in Europe

Journal of Economic History, Vol. 75, No. 3

23 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2015 Last revised: 6 Oct 2015

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Mark Dincecco

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Date Written: June 2, 2015

Abstract

This review article examines the development of state capacity -- the extractive and productive power of states -- in European history. To explain the historical evolution of state capacity, I focus on the role of political innovations. I relate state capacity improvements to long-run economic growth and the establishment of twentieth-century welfare states. The article concludes with historical lessons for developing nations today.

Keywords: state capacity, political and economic development, Europe, history

JEL Classification: H20, O17, O43, N40, N43, P16

Suggested Citation

Dincecco, Mark, The Rise of Effective States in Europe (June 2, 2015). Journal of Economic History, Vol. 75, No. 3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2561512 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2561512

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