Persistent State Weakness in the Global Age addresses the question of why state weakness in the global era persists. It debunks a common assumption that state weakness is a stop-gap on the path to state failure and state collapse. Informed by a globalization perspective, the book shows how state weakness is frequently self-reproducing and functional. The interplay of global actors, policies and norms is analyzed from the standpoint of their internalization in a weak state through transnational networks. Contributors examine the reproduction of partial and discriminatory rule at the heart of persistent state weakness, drawing on a wide geographical range of case studies including the Middle East, the Balkans, the post-Soviet states and sub-Saharan Africa. The study of state-weakening dynamics related to institutional incapacity, colonial and war legacies, legitimacy gaps, economic informality, democratization and state-building provides an insight into durability and resilience of weak states in the global age.
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About the Author
Denisa Kostovicova, Lecturer in Global Politics, Government Department and Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
Denisa Kostovicova, Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Venelin I. Ganev, Stacy Closson, Timothy Edmunds, Antonio Giustozzi, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Vadim Volkov, Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Tobias Debiel, Birgit Pech, Susan L. Woodward, Daniel Lambach, Mary Kaldor.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: state weakening and globalization, Denisa Kostovicova and Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic; Part I Capacity Approaches: Understanding Leviathan's malaise: stateness and the crisis of governability in postcommunist polities, Venelin I. Ganev; Post-Soviet state weakness: legacies of informal networks and troubled transitions, Stacy Closson; Informal institutions of political participation in the Serbian security sector, Timothy Edmunds. Part II Historical Approaches: Afghanistan: the patrimonial trap and the dream of institution-building, Antonio Giustozzi; The durability of weak states in the Middle East, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen; State failure and state building in Russia, 1992–2004, Vadim Volkov. Part III Policy Approaches: Foreign intervention and state reconstruction: Bosnian fragility in comparative perspective, Marie-Joëlle Zahar; State formation and persistent hybridity in Africa: reflections from a development and conflict perspective, Tobias Debiel and Birgit Pech. Part IV Implications: Measuring state failure/weakness: do the Balkan cases fit?, Susan L. Woodward; Democratization, stateness, and the Western response to countries in crisis after 1989, Daniel Lambach; The reconstruction of political authority in a global era, Mary Kaldor; Conclusion: persistent state weakness and issues for research, methodology and policy, Denisa Kostovicova and Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic; Index.