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The Political Invention of Fragile States: The Power of Ideas

The Political Invention of Fragile States: The Power of Ideas (Hardback)

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This book investigates the emergence, the dissemination and the reception of the notion of 'state fragility'. It analyses the process of conceptualisation, examining how the 'fragile states' concept was framed by policy makers to describe reality in accordance with their priorities in the fields of development and security. Contributors investigate the instrumental use of the 'state fragility' label in the legitimisation of Western policy interventions in countries facing violence and profound poverty. They also emphasise the agency of actors 'on the receiving end', describing how the elites and governments in so-called 'fragile states' have incorporated and reinterpreted the concept to fit their own political agendas. A first set of articles examines the role played by the World Bank, the OECD, the European Union and the G7+ in the transnational diffusion of the concept, which is understood as a critical element in the new discourse on international aid and security. A second set of papers employs three case studies (Sudan, Indonesia and Uganda) to explore the processes of appropriation, reinterpretation and the strategic use of the 'fragile state' concept.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

BusinessEconomicsPolitical economyHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical activismArmed conflictHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesScience & MathematicsGeographyRegional geography Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 22/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9781138801530  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Sonja Grimm is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz, Germany. She publishes on democratization in post-conflict societies and democracy promotion and has co-edited special issues of Democratization on "War and Democratization" (2008) and "Do All Good Things Go Together? Conflicting Objectives in Democracy Promotion" (2012). More about her can be found at [www.sonja-grimm.eu]. Nicolas Lemay-Hebert is a Senior Lecturer in the International Development Department, University of Birmingham, UK. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (with Florian Kuhn). His most recent book is "Semantics of Statebuilding: Language, Meanings and Sovereignty" (2014; co-edited with N. Onuf, V. Rakic, and P. Bojanic). Olivier Nay is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Paris 1 - Pantheon Sorbonne, France. He is the Vice-president of the French Association of Political Science and the Chair of the Political Science section at the National Academic Council. He specializes on the reform of international organizations, bureaucratic change and the transnational diffusion of policy ideas. Please see [univ-paris1.academia.edu/OlivierNay].

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