What do we mean by failed states and why is this concept important to study? The "failed states" literature is important because it aims to understand how state institutions (or lack thereof) impact conflict, crime, coups, terrorism and economic performance. In spite of this objective, the "failed state" literature has not focused enough on how institutions operate in the developing world. This book unpacks the state, by examining the administrative, security, judicial and political institutions separately. By doing so, the book offers a more comprehensive and clear picture of how the state functions or does not function in the developing world, merging the failed state and institutionalist literatures. Rather than merely describing states in crisis, this book explains how and why different types of institutions deteriorate. Moreover, the book illustrates the impact that institutional decay has on political instability and poverty using examples not only from Africa but from all around the world.
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About the Author
Natasha Ezrow is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Essex, UK, where she serves as the Director of the International Development Studies Program. With Erica Frantz, she co-authored The Politics of Dictatorships (2011) and Dictators and Dictatorships (2011).
Erica Frantz is an Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. With Natasha Ezrow, she co-authored The Politics of Dictatorships (2011) and Dictators and Dictatorships (2011). Her work has been presented at the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association Conferences.
Table of Contents
Part I. Definitions, Controversies and Challenges
Chapter 1: What is "state failure"?
Chapter 2: What are state institutions?
Chapter 3: What have been the challenges to institutional development in the developing world?
Part II. Institutions in the Developing World
Chapter 4: Administrative Institutions
Chapter 5: Judicial Institutions
Chapter 6: Security Institutions
Chapter 7: Political Institutions
Part III. Warning Signs and Solutions
Chapter 8: Warning sign: Corruption
Chapter 9: State building, Foreign Aid and Interventions