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The Lay of the Land: Information Capacity and the Modern State

Brambor, Thomas LU ; Goenaga, Agustín LU ; Lindvall, Johannes LU and Teorell, Jan LU (2016) In STANCE Working Paper Series 2016(2).
Abstract
Relying on three new indicators of the information capacity of states, this paper provides new evidence on the ability of states to collect and process information about the territories and populations that they govern. The three indicators are (a) the availability of a reliable census, (b) the establishment of a permanent government agency tasked with processing statistical information about the territory and the population, and (c) the regular release of statistical yearbooks. We find, as expected, that there has been a secular increase in information capacity over time. We also investigate salient differences among countries from the early 1800s onward.
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state, Information capacity, census, census data, statistical analysis, territory, Population, government agency, statistical yearbook, 19th and 20th century
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STANCE Working Paper Series
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2016
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2
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30 pages
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Department of Political Science, Lund University
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English
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  author       = {Brambor, Thomas and Goenaga, Agustín and Lindvall, Johannes and Teorell, Jan},
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  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Working Paper},
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  publisher    = {Department of Political Science, Lund University},
  series       = {STANCE Working Paper Series},
  title        = {The Lay of the Land: Information Capacity and the Modern State},
  volume       = {2016},
  year         = {2016},
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