The Concept of State Capacity: Comparative International Ratings against State Legitimacy

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In the given article, the author analyzes the concept of state capacity, widely popular among political scientists and international relations specialists. The author proves that the evaluations of the level of state capacity of the developing and postcommunist countries based on popular comparative ratings are generally biased because of methodological defects and discrepancy of the whole theory as well as politicization and indoctrination of the given ratings. The negative evaluations of the quality of the government and state capacity of a country could be used to discredit and delegitimize the political regime as well as substantiation of mass protests and color revolutions and a tool of information war. The author concludes that numerous comparative international ratings are often used as a tool of political influence.

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Vladimir Gennadievich Ivanov

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

The Department of Comparative Politics


Copyright (c) 2015 Иванов В.Г.

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