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When States Fail : Causes and Consequences - Robert I. Rotberg

When States Fail

Causes and Consequences

By: Robert I. Rotberg (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th November 2003
ISBN: 9780691116723
Number Of Pages: 352

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Since 1990, more than 10 million people have been killed in the civil wars of failed states, and hundreds of millions more have been deprived of fundamental rights. The threat of terrorism has only heightened the problem posed by failed states. "When States Fail" is the first book to examine how and why states decay and what, if anything, can be done to prevent them from collapsing. It defines and categorizes strong, weak, failing, and collapsed nation-states according to political, social, and economic criteria. And it offers a comprehensive recipe for their reconstruction.

The book comprises fourteen essays by leading scholars and practitioners who help structure this disparate field of research, provide useful empirical descriptions, and offer policy recommendations. Robert Rotberg's substantial opening chapter sets out a theory and taxonomy of state failure. It is followed by two sets of chapters, the first on the nature and correlates of failure, the second on methods of preventing state failure and reconstructing those states that do fail. Economic jump-starting, legal refurbishing, elections, the demobilizing of ex-combatants, and civil society are among the many topics discussed.

All of the essays are previously unpublished. In addition to Rotberg, the contributors include David Carment, Christopher Clapham, Nat J. Colletta, Jeffrey Herbst, Nelson Kasfir, Michael T. Klare, Markus Kostner, Terrence Lyons, Jens Meierhenrich, Daniel N. Posner, Susan Rose-Ackerman, Donald R. Snodgrass, Nicolas van de Walle, Jennifer A. Widner, and Ingo Wiederhofer.

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"Rotberg has collected a cadre of renowned scholars who flesh out the political, economic, and social reasons for state failure and provide prescriptions for both prevention and postfailure resuscitation."--Cameron M. Otopalik, Perspectives on Political Science

List of Mapsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The Failure and Collapse of Nation-States: Breakdown, Prevention, and Repairp. 1
The Causes and Prevention of Failurep. 51
Domestic Anarchy, Security Dilemmas, and Violent Predation: Causes of Failurep. 53
The Global-Local Politics of State Decayp. 77
The Economic Correlates of State Failure: Taxes, Foreign Aid, and Policiesp. 94
The Deadly Connection: Paramilitary Bands, Small Arms Diffusion, and State Failurep. 116
Preventing State Failurep. 135
Post-Failure Resuscitation of Nation-Statesp. 151
Forming States after Failurep. 153
Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration: Lessons and Liabilities in Reconstructionp. 170
Establishing the Rule of Lawp. 182
Building Effective Trust in the Aftermath of Severe Conflictp. 222
Civil Society and the Reconstruction of Failed Statesp. 237
Restoring Economic Functioning in Failed Statesp. 256
Transforming the Institutions of War: Postconflict Elections and the Reconstruction of Failed Statesp. 269
Let Them Fail: State Failure in Theory and Practice: Implications for Policyp. 302
Contributorsp. 319
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9780691116723
ISBN-10: 0691116725
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 24th November 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.49