When States Fail: Causes and Consequences / Edition 1

When States Fail: Causes and Consequences / Edition 1

by Robert I. Rotberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691116725

ISBN-13: 9780691116723

Pub. Date: 11/24/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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All of the essays are previously unpublished.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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691116723
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/24/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
426,865
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps vii

Preface ix

One

The Failure and Collapse of Nation-States: Breakdown, Prevention, and Repair by Robert I. Rotberg 1

PART ONE: THE CAUSES AND PREVENTION OF FAILURE 51

Two

Domestic Anarchy, Security Dilemmas, and Violent Predation: Causes of Failure by Nelson Kasfir 53

Three

The Global-Local Politics of State Decay by Christopher Clapham 77

Four

The Economic Correlates of State Failure: Taxes, Foreign Aid, and Policies by Nicolas van de Walle 94

Five

The Deadly Connection: Paramilitary Bands, Small Arms Diffusion, and State Failure by Michael T. Klare 116

Six

Preventing State Failure by David Carment 135

PART TWO: POST-FAILURE RESUSCITATION OF NATION-STATES 151

Seven

Forming States after Failure by Jens Meierhenrich 153

Eight

Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration: Lessons and Liabilities in Reconstruction by Nat J. Colletta, Markus Kostner, and Ingo Wiederhofer 170

Nine

Establishing the Rule of Law by Susan Rose-Ackerman 182

Ten

Building Effective Trust in the Aftermath of Severe Conflict by Jennifer A. Widner 222

Eleven

Civil Society and the Reconstruction of Failed States by Daniel N. Posner 237

Twelve

Restoring Economic Functioning in Failed States by Donald R. Snodgrass 256

Thirteen

Transforming the Institutions of War: Postconflict Elections and the Reconstruction of Failed States by Terrence Lyons 269

Fourteen

Let Them Fail: State Failure in Theory and Practice: Implications for Policy by Jeffrey Herbst 302

Contributors 319

Index 323

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