On the Co-Evolution of State Institutions and Civic Norms

This project, conducted in collaboration with Melissa Lee at Princeton University, analyzes the effects of state consolidation and institutional capacity-building on the evolution of social norms supporting trust and cooperation. How do important developmental processes such as the monopolization of violence, administrative centralization, the resolution of church-state conflicts, and the spread of a “national language” shape interactions amongst citizens, as well as between citizens and the state? In addressing these questions, this line of research draws upon historical and large-N datasets. Overall, this project contributes to advancing our understanding of the co-evolution of state institutions, trust and cooperation.