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Patchwork LeviathanPockets of Bureaucratic Effectiveness in Developing States$
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Erin Metz McDonnell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691197364

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691197364.001.0001

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Beyond Autonomy: Elite Attention and Pathways to Shelter from Neopatrimonial Influence

Beyond Autonomy: Elite Attention and Pathways to Shelter from Neopatrimonial Influence

(p.135) 6 Beyond Autonomy: Elite Attention and Pathways to Shelter from Neopatrimonial Influence
Patchwork Leviathan

Erin Metz McDonnell

Princeton University Press

This chapter pushes further on the question of initial emergence. It analyzes the conditions under which parts of the administrative state obtain sufficient protection from neopatrimonial pressures to inculcate a highly effective niche within the administrative state. The conceptual focus on protection from neopatrimonial pressures broadens a theoretical discussion that has been too strongly focused on elite interests while reconciling seemingly discrepant arguments about whether highly effective niches require autonomy from political elites or, conversely, the active sponsorship of political elites. The chapter develops a four-part typology of political elite interest-alignment with organizational goals, which includes the elite sponsorship that has captured prior attention but also draws attention to two typically overlooked conditions that are also capable of fostering effective niches: merely interested elites and inattentive elites. The framework engages a larger pantheon of work on state capacity, including work by Charles Tilly and Daniel Carpenter.

Keywords:   neopatrimonial pressures, initial emergence, administrative state, political elites, political elite interest-alignment, elite sponsorship, interested elites, inattentive elites, state capacity

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