When States Fail Causes and Consequences

ISBN-10: 0691116725

ISBN-13: 9780691116723

Edition: 2004

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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 Failis 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 All of the essays are previously unpublished.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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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

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Preface
The Failure and Collapse of Nation-States: Breakdown, Prevention, and Repair
The Causes and Prevention of Failure
Domestic Anarchy, Security Dilemmas, and Violent Predation: Causes of Failure
The Global-Local Politics of State Decay
The Economic Correlates of State Failure: Taxes, Foreign Aid, and Policies
The Deadly Connection: Paramilitary Bands, Small Arms Diffusion, and State Failure
Preventing State Failure
Post-Failure Resuscitation of Nation-States
Forming States after Failure
Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration: Lessons and Liabilities in Reconstruction
Establishing the Rule of Law
Building Effective Trust in the Aftermath of Severe Conflict
Civil Society and the Reconstruction of Failed States
Restoring Economic Functioning in Failed States
Transforming the Institutions of War: Postconflict Elections and the Reconstruction of Failed States
Let Them Fail: State Failure in Theory and Practice: Implications for Policy
Contributors
Index
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