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Key Concepts in Governance provides a clear introduction to the technical concepts and policies of contemporary governance through short definitional essays. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a contextualization of the concept,  an overview of relevant debates, and a guide to further reading. The book also includes a substantial introductory chapter which gives an overview of governance studies as a whole, orientating and guiding the reader around the issues that the concepts address. 


Capacity is the state's ability to overcome opposition in order to accomplish its policy aims. This general concept of capacity is, however, often too vague to be of much use. The state's diverse domestic and international activities defy a monolithic approach to capacity. State strategies to improve domestic capacity can create weaknesses on the international front, and state strategies to develop international capacity can create weaknesses on the domestic front. What is more, state capacity can vary within either the domestic or international sphere. State capacity can vary, in particular, across policy sectors. A state might have a strong capacity to provide foreign aid but be weak at projecting its military power. Or a state might have a strong capacity to enforce taxation but ...

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