Collective Action in State Building, Past and Present

Author(s): Richard Blanton

Year: 2017


I report on a comparative study of degrees of collective action in 30 premodern states and 30 contemporary nation-states. Contrary to the notion of democratic reform in state-building, I found roughly similar proportions of more and less collective (autocratic) states in the two samples. I propose a hypothesis for the failure of democratic reform drawn from collective action theory.

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Collective Action in State Building, Past and Present. Richard Blanton. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430556)

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Abstract Id(s): 14804