State Formation in the Atlantic World

In my doctoral research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and as a post-doctoral fellow associated with the project “State-Making and the Origins of Global Order in the Long 19th-Century” (STANCE) at Lund University (LU), I have studied processes of state formation in the West.

I am currently working on a book manuscript on the role of legislatures in the development of state capacity in Europe and the Americas. This manuscript is based on my PhD dissertation, which won the “Outstanding Dissertation Prize” from the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS).

In other research, I have studied the development of information capacity (Brambor et al. 2020), the effects of war and geopolitical competition on fiscal capacity (Goenaga and von Hagen-Jamar 2018, as well as the working papers listed below), and the impact of state capacity on long-term economic transformation.

Publications

Brambor, Thomas, Agustín Goenaga, Johannes Lindvall, and Jan Teorell. (2020) “The Lay of the Land: Information Capacity and the Modern State”, Comparative Political Studies, 53(2), pp. 175-213. Data

Goenaga, Agustín and Alexander von Hagen-Jamar. “When Does War Make States? War, Rivalries and Fiscal Extraction in the 19th and 20th Centuries” in Bartelson, Jens, Martin Hall and Jan Teorell (eds.), De-Centering State-Making: Historical and Geographical Perspectives, London: Edward Elgar Press, 2018.

Working papers:

“Investing in Fiscal Capacity: Legislative Debates, Military Pressures and Taxation in the United Kingdom (1817-1939)”, with Oriol Sabaté, previous version available from the STANCE Working Paper Series

“The Social Origins of State Autonomy: Programmatic Parties and State-Led Economic Transformation”, previous version available from the STANCE Working Paper Series

“State Capacity beyond Executive Power”, previous version available from the STANCE Working Paper Series

“The State Does Not Live by Warfare Alone: State Capacity and Armed Conflict in the Long Nineteenth Century in Europe and the Americas”, with Oriol Sabaté and Jan Teorell, previous version available from the STANCE Working Paper Series

“Do Military Rivalries Foster State-Building? Geopolitical Competition and Taxation in the Twentieth Century”, with Alexander von Hagen-Jamar, previous version available from the STANCE Working Paper Series