State Building

Instructor(s): Evan Lieberman

Course level: Graduate

Offered this Academic Year: Yes

Course term: Spring

Course number: 17.590

Course description:

Examines the process of building modern, national states across regions at different levels of development. Focuses on conceptualizing and measuring state power; and on the range of political, economic, and social explanations that account for variation, including the role of technology, war, material endowments, geography, trust, ethnic diversity, and democratic regimes. Evaluates the quality of evidence for different accounts. Theoretical orientation intended for Ph.D. students in political science.