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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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(p.202) Conclusion
Patchwork Leviathan

Erin Metz McDonnell

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter examines how this study extends and reimagines a long scholarly tradition of state-building based on the European state experience, including ways the framework may help scholars fill in some of the mechanics of early European state-building that have been less well documented in the historical record because they affected public servants rather than elites. It also highlights contributions to the field of development sociology. The chapter points toward a fruitful new framework that opens new avenues of research for configurational approaches to understanding state capacity, interrogating the developmental consequences for where and how state capacity is situated within the varied administrative apparatus of central states. In addition, it highlights how the framework of the book may be of interest to organizational scholars more broadly, including identifying how the framework might also apply to private-sector organizations. The implications for development practitioners are also discussed. The chapter concludes by suggesting that the book's findings about the challenges of top-down institutional change and the importance of lived experience lay the foundation for a cognitive turn within institutional development scholarship that takes cognitive science more seriously in the way development interventions are designed.

Keywords:   patchwork leviathan, development sociology, development interventions, global development, state capacity, private-sector organizations, institutional change, lived experience, institutional development, cognitive science

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