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Queen's University
 

School of Policy Studies

The Idea Index:
Measuring and Comparing the State as an Idea 

March 6, 2014,  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union Street, Room 202

** Light lunch starts at 11:30 AM


Picture of Major H. Christian Breede Major H. Christian Breede
Canadian Armed Forces Visiting Defence Fellow,
Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen's University 

Major H. Christian Breede is the Canadian Armed Forces Visiting Defence Fellow at the Centre for International Defence Policy and an assistant professor of political science at the Royal Military College of Canada.  s a serving Infantry Officer in the Royal Canadian Regiment, he has deployed to Haiti in 2004 and Afghanistan in 2008.

ABSTRACT

The Idea Index engages with the question of state capability and more specifically, how to measure state capability across different countries from the perspective of the state as an idea.  The inspiration for this book came from the work of Kenneth Dyson and Barry Buzan and his concept of the idea of the state, a concept that they both hold as the decisive element in the strength of a state.  Despite the centrality of the idea of the state to the broader concept of state strength or capability, the idea of the state is left underdeveloped.  Only a handful of scholars have worked with the concept or critically engaged with it.

This presentation, by fully developing the concept of the idea of the state, takes an intriguing concept and makes it useful and shows how it can be measured and compared.  This presentation will examine the theory of the idea of the state, its operationalization with social capital concepts, and finally the measurement and comparison of the idea of state for forty-two different countries.  Through this exercise, several long-held assumptions of state capability are called into question and further clues are presented that can guide polices for both capable and incapable states in the future.

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