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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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The Economy

The Economy

(p.127) Six The Economy
Ascending India and Its State Capacity

Sumit Ganguly

William R. Thompson

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the economy, which provides a critical foundation for or potential roadblock to expanding state capacity. A state's economy is an important factor in assessing possibilities of ascent to great power status. This is because a state with a weak economy is highly vulnerable to external pressure. To gain more autonomy and insulation from external pressures, one must develop the economy so that resources are available for both resisting other states' influence and pursuing one's own state goals. If these goals include gaining membership in the elite club of states, considerable resources are needed to pay for the requisite military-political capabilities. If the starting point is far behind the competition, that means that the catch-up will require considerable and rapid economic growth.

Keywords:   economy, state capacity, great power status, external pressure, economic growth

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