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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Political Performance and State Capacity
Political performance and state capacity
Edeltraud Roller
Introduction

Political performance and state capacity refer to activities of public officials as individual and above all as collective actors. The general concept of political performance, comprising all public officials such as governments, institutions and administrations, was suggested for the first time in the 1970s; the more specific concept of state capacity, focusing on the administrative activities of a political regime, was introduced in the mid 2000s.

Political performance and state capacity is not a well-established field of research with a common terminology and well-defined concepts, a set of well-formulated theories and proven empirical findings. Research is divided into several heterogeneous areas, some of which are still in their infancy.

In principle, ...

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