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Relative Political Capacity Indicator

Summary Advice: The Relative Political Capacity (RPC) indicator is a measure of government's relative ability to extract resources from its constituency compared to other governments at similar levels of socio-economic development.

Main Points: The RPC reflects a government's relative ability to extract resources from its constituency compared to other governments at similar levels of socio-economic development. The RPC emulates in the political and institutional arena, what GNP (gross national product) is in the economic field.

The original measure of relative political capacity looked at a model of extraction taking into  account the economic profile of that economy and compared the actual levels of extraction to its  predicted values

Relative Political Capacity =   Actual Extraction/ Predicted Extraction

Comparisons of the rate of change are an initial starting point for making comparisons between series.  Series often reflect different measurement units or methods.  Consistency in the variance  in observations contained in both series can be a basis for some confidence that the series are  capturing the same variables.  Applying the rate of change to existing measures prevents artificial introduction of variance created by differing measurement techniques or reporting agencies. Historical sources must be referenced in order to assure that steady change is occurring.  The occurrence of dramatic or drastic change such as a coup, financial crisis or natural disaster can massively affect the rate of revenue collection and national expenditure. 

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Source: Relative Political Capacity: Empirical and Theoretical Underpinnings, Marina Arbetman-Rabinowitz (Sentia Group), Kristin Johnson (The University of Rhode Island), Claremont, CA, October 2007

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