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.
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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 All of the essays are previously unpublished. Snodgrass, Nicolas van de Walle, Jennifer A.
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Failed states, in contrast, [End Page ] can be characterized as undergoing enduring violent conflict. Often the state has little to no effective control over outlying areas and little connection to, or support from, most of the population. Collapsed states, in this schema, are extreme cases of failed states, in which there is a vacuum of authority, and what little provision of political goods does exist tends to be provided on a localized level by forces that have little control at the state level.
Rotberg argues that there are no particular tipping points between these categories of state strength, but that a combination of factors can move a state from one position in this taxonomy of strength to another——notably, toward either collapse or strength.
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Following Rotberg's overview chapter, there are five chapters from contributors who focus on what they perceive to be the various causes of state failure, along with some strategies for preventing it. Collectively, they argue that a number of factors contribute to state decline and failure, from the complex interaction of fear and greed among actors in weak states Nelson Kasfir to the spread of increasingly inexpensive and effective weaponry used by paramilitary bands Michael T. Klare , the general weakness of the international system Christopher Clapham , and the weakness-reinforcing effects of poor financial infrastructure and foreign aid Nicolas van de Walle.
As Rotberg notes, the characteristics of state failure are not uniform; the issues laid out in these chapters are present in some combination in many weak states, and attention to any one of these problems as post facto evidence of weakness is unlikely to be a successful strategy in preventing failure.
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