Junior Workshop 6:
This junior workshop examines the politics of statebuilding. Statebuilding refers to the development of a political organization - the state - capable of exercising effective authority over a national territory. Readings in the workshop will focus on research articles on statebuilding, and we will assess these articles in terms of their research designs and the persuasiveness of their findings. We will also discuss the process of conducting research in political science, including how to articulate and refine a research question, develop testable hypotheses, and collect and analyze data.
A wide range of research questions on the international and domestic politics of statebuilding can be pursued in this workshop. Some examples include: Do international statebuilding missions produce stable, functional states? What explains where international non-governmental organizations choose to work? Under what conditions does foreign aid strengthen recipient states? How did the colonial experience affect the post-independence trajectory of state development? When and why do foreign powers intervene to stop civil wars? Are authoritarian leaders better statebuilders than democratic leaders?