State Capacity: What Is It, How We Lost It, And How To Get It Back

Source: Niskanen Center
by Brink Lindsey

“Here at the Niskanen Center, we see growing deficits in state capacity over recent decades as a matter of fundamental importance. At stake is not just the prospect for effective public policy in a wide variety of important domains; at this point, the legitimacy and continued vitality of liberal democracy are implicated as well. The fact is, around the world the fortunes of liberal democracy rise and fall with its perceived effectiveness in improving the lives of ordinary people.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (11/18/21)