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Local State SIGNED

State Formation Through the Local Production of Property and Citizenship

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Project "Local State" data sheet

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Organization address
address: NORREGADE 10
postcode: 1165

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙469˙285 €
 EC max contribution 2˙469˙285 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2020-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET DK (KOBENHAVN) coordinator 2˙469˙285.00


 Project objective

The key concern of the proposed research is how political power is established and reproduced through the production of the fundamental social contracts of property and citizenship. We will re-define the research on so-called failed and weak states, by examining what political authority is actually exercised rather than measuring how they fall short of theoretical ideals.

In developing countries with legal and institutional pluralism, no single institution exercises the political authority as such. Different institutions compete to define and enforce rights to property and citizenship. This is most visible at the local level, yet it has implications for theorizing the state as such. Hence, investigating the social production of property and citizenship is a way to study state formation. We study local institutions that exercise political authority and govern access to resources, and recognition of these rights. What institution guarantees what claims as rights, and, especially, how, is crucial, as it leads to the recognition of that particular institution as a political authority. We therefore study statutory as well as non-statutory institutions. We are not simply looking for property deeds and passports etc. issued by statutory government as measurements of political authority. Rather, we look for secondary forms of recognition ‘issued’ by non-statutory institutions that represent mutual acknowledgements of claims even without a narrow legal endorsement. Dynamics such as these are fundamental for a concise understanding of developing country state formation processes.

Ten country studies with rural and urban field sites will be conducted. We focus on concrete controversies. We collect data at several levels and from different sources, including resident groups, land users, local civil servants, local politicians and business-owners, as well as large-scale contractors, municipal politicians and administrators.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Penelope Anthias
Ch’ixi landscapes: Indigeneity and capitalism in the Bolivian Chaco
published pages: 268-275, ISSN: 0016-7185, DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.09.013
Geoforum 82 2019-06-20
2016 Christian Lund, Noer Fauzi Rachman
Occupied! Property, Citizenship and Peasant Movements in Rural Java
published pages: 1316-1337, ISSN: 0012-155X, DOI: 10.1111/dech.12263
Development and Change 47/6 2019-06-20
2017 Prathiwi Widyatmi Putri
Integrated at the neighbourhood level: a decentralised approach to water management
published pages: 35-42, ISSN: 0724-6234, DOI:
Trialog 126/127 2019-06-20
2018 Mattias Borg Rasmussen
Paper Works: Contested Resource Histories in Peru’s Huascarán National Park
published pages: 429-440, ISSN: 0305-750X, DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.05.005
World Development 101 2019-06-20
2016 Prathiwi W. Putri
Moulding Citizenship: Urban Water and the (Dis)appearing Kampungs
published pages: 193-207, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-42686-0_13
Urban Water Trajectories 2019-06-20
2018 Veronica Gomez-Temesio
Outliving Death: Ebola, Zombies, and the Politics of Saving Lives
published pages: , ISSN: 0002-7294, DOI: 10.1111/aman.13126
American Anthropologist 2019-06-20
2017 Prathiwi W. Putri, Frank Moulaert
Spatial Practices and the Institutionalization of Water Sanitation Services in Southern Metropolises: The case of Jakarta and its Kampung Kojan
published pages: 926-945, ISSN: 0309-1317, DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12549
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 41/6 2019-06-20
2018 Prathiwi Widyatmi Putri
Sanitizing Jakarta: decolonizing planning and kampung imaginary
published pages: 1-21, ISSN: 0266-5433, DOI: 10.1080/02665433.2018.1453861
Planning Perspectives 2019-06-20
2018 Mattias Borg Rasmussen
Rewriting conservation landscapes: protected areas and glacial retreat in the high Andes
published pages: , ISSN: 1436-3798, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-018-1376-9
Regional Environmental Change 2019-06-20
Tactics of the Governed: Figures of Abandonment in Andean Peru
published pages: 327-353, ISSN: 0022-216X, DOI: 10.1017/S0022216X16001826
Journal of Latin American Studies 49/02 2019-06-20
2018 Christian Lund, Noer Fauzi Rachman
Indirect Recognition. Frontiers and Territorialization around Mount Halimun-Salak National Park, Indonesia
published pages: 417-428, ISSN: 0305-750X, DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.04.003
World Development 101 2019-06-20
2016 Kasper Hoffmann, Koen Vlassenroot, Gauthier Marchais
Taxation, Stateness and Armed Groups: Public Authority and Resource Extraction in Eastern Congo
published pages: 1434-1456, ISSN: 0012-155X, DOI: 10.1111/dech.12275
Development and Change 47/6 2019-06-20
2017 Prathiwi Widyatmi Putri
A Decentralised Approach to Wastewater Management in the Urbanising Region: The Case of Jakarta, Indonesia
published pages: 83-97, ISSN: 2455-7471, DOI: 10.1177/2455747117740439
Urbanisation 2/2 2019-06-20
2018 Mattias Borg Rasmussen, Christian Lund
Reconfiguring Frontier Spaces: The territorialization of resource control
published pages: 388-399, ISSN: 0305-750X, DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.01.018
World Development 101 2019-06-20
2017 Rune Bennike
Frontier Commodification: Governing Land, Labour and Leisure in Darjeeling, India
published pages: 256-271, ISSN: 0085-6401, DOI: 10.1080/00856401.2017.1289618
South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 40/2 2019-06-20
2017 Rune Bennike
Governing Landscapes: Territorialisation and Exchange at South Asia\'s Himalayan Frontier
published pages: 217-221, ISSN: 0085-6401, DOI: 10.1080/00856401.2017.1295834
South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 40/2 2019-06-20
2016 Michael Eilenberg
A State of Fragmentation: Enacting Sovereignty and Citizenship at the Edge of the Indonesian State
published pages: 1338-1360, ISSN: 0012-155X, DOI: 10.1111/dech.12272
Development and Change 47/6 2019-06-20
2017 Veronica Gomez-Temesio, Frédéric Le Marcis
La mise en camp de la Guinée
published pages: 57-90, ISSN: 0439-4216, DOI: 10.4000/lhomme.30147
L Homme 222 2019-06-20
2018 Penelope Anthias
Indigenous Peoples and the New Extraction: From Territorial Rights to Hydrocarbon Citizenship in the Bolivian Chaco
published pages: 136-153, ISSN: 0094-582X, DOI: 10.1177/0094582X16678804
Latin American Perspectives 45/5 2019-06-20
2018 Rasmussen, M.B., Adam French and Susan Conlon
Conservation Conjunctures: Contestation and Situated Consent in Peru’s Huascarán National Park
published pages: , ISSN: 0972-4923, DOI:
Conservation and Society Volume 16/ issue 3 2019-06-20
2016 Paul Stacey, Christian Lund
In a state of slum: governance in an informal urban settlement in Ghana
published pages: 591-615, ISSN: 0022-278X, DOI: 10.1017/S0022278X16000586
The Journal of Modern African Studies 54/04 2019-06-20
2017 Rune Bennike
Aftershock: reflections on the politics of reconstruction in Northern Gorkha
published pages: 55-64, ISSN: 1935-2212, DOI:
Himalaya Vol. 37: No. 2, Article 9. 2019-06-20
2016 Oscar Salemink, Mattias Borg Rasmussen
After dispossession: Ethnographic approaches to neoliberalization
published pages: 3-12, ISSN: 0920-1297, DOI: 10.3167/fcl.2016.740101
Focaal 2016/74 2019-04-03
2017 Caroline Schaer, Eric Komlavi Hanonou
The Real Governance of Disaster Risk Management in Peri-urban Senegal
published pages: 38-53, ISSN: 1464-9934, DOI: 10.1177/1464993416674301
Progress in Development Studies 17/1 2019-04-03
2016 Mattias Borg Rasmussen
Unsettling Times
published pages: 73-86, ISSN: 0094-582X, DOI: 10.1177/0094582X16637867
Latin American Perspectives 43/4 2019-04-03
2016 Karine Gagné, Mattias Borg Rasmussen
Introduction – An Amphibious Anthropology: The Production of Place at the Confluence of Land and Water
published pages: 135-149, ISSN: 0003-5459, DOI: 10.3138/anth.582.T00.EN
Anthropologica 58/2 2019-04-03
2016 Hahonou E. K. et Schaer C.
Coproduire les services publics : Gouvernance palliative des inondations et citoyenneté en milieu périurbain à Pikine (Sénégal)
published pages: 35-52, ISSN: 1784-5734, DOI:
Émulations n°20 2019-04-01
2017 Eric Komlavi Hahonou
Pêcheurs nomades du fleuve Niger. D’une anthropologie partagée à une anthropologie de la citoyenneté
published pages: 130-152, ISSN: 0399-0346, DOI:
Journal des Africanistes 87 2019-04-01
2016 Mattias Borg Rasmussen
Water Futures: Contention in the Construction of Productive Infrastructure in the Peruvian Highlands
published pages: 211-226, ISSN: 0003-5459, DOI: 10.3138/anth.582.T04
Anthropologica 58/2 2019-04-01
2017 Mark Carey, Olivia C. Molden, Mattias Borg Rasmussen, M Jackson, Anne W. Nolin, Bryan G. Mark
Impacts of Glacier Recession and Declining Meltwater on Mountain Societies
published pages: 350-359, ISSN: 0004-5608, DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2016.1243039
Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107/2 2019-04-01
2016 Mattias Borg Rasmussen
Reclaiming the lake: Citizenship and environment-as-common-property in highland Peru
published pages: 13-27, ISSN: 0920-1297, DOI: 10.3167/fcl.2016.740102
Focaal 2016/74 2019-04-01
2016 Christian Lund
Rule and Rupture: State Formation through the Production of Property and Citizenship
published pages: 1199-1228, ISSN: 0012-155X, DOI: 10.1111/dech.12274
Development and Change 47/6 2019-06-20

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