This is from a book review by Michell (1920):
"[...] provinces tried to meet the need [of tackling unemployment] by [...], but the limitations of purely provincial and unrelated bureaus became early so apparent, that [federal intervention was warranted...]"
Note: "Limitations" here refer to the bureaus/offices being ill organized, poorly coordinated, ill informed, and short of manpower and finance. The book talks about these problems explicitly.
I am wondering which noun below fits my paraphrasing:
- The provincial offices lacked resources to deal with such conditions of unemployment.
I feel that Resources does not capture the idea of ill organized and poorly coordinated. However, improving organization and coordination needs resources. So it can be said that because the offices lacked resources, they were poorly organized and coordinated, and hence did not have the means to deal with the problem.
- The provincial offices lacked the capability to deal with such conditions of unemployment.
Capability according to Cambridge is the ability to do something. I feel that this is more appropriate: organization, coordination, and resources such as money, data and manpower, can all affect the ability to do something; in this case, affected the ability to deal with unemployment.