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Ascending India and Its State CapacityExtraction, Violence, and Legitimacy$
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Sumit Ganguly and William R. Thompson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300215922

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300215922.001.0001

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Ascending Major Powers

Ascending Major Powers

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(p.24) Two Ascending Major Powers
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Ascending India and Its State Capacity
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Sumit Ganguly

William R. Thompson

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300215922.003.0002

This chapter examines the ascent of states conventionally accorded great power status in the past century and a half. These states include Italy, Germany, the United States, and Japan. What is clear from the survey of previous ascents is that strong states are not a prerequisite for achieving elite status in world politics. Yet the absence of this institutional capacity may constitute a major domestic constraint. Continued economic growth and resource mobilization hinge on effective state interventions. Thus, problems with state capacity should be expected to hinder the rise of states to great power status. Similarly, once higher status has been achieved, problems with state capacity should be expected to get in the way of operationalizing an elite position in world politics.

Keywords:   great power status, strong states, world politics, economic growth, resource mobilization, state capacity

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