The Political Invention of Fragile States: The Power of Ideas

1st Edition

Sonja Grimm, Nicolas Lemay-Hebert, Olivier Nay

Routledge
Published October 11, 2016
Reference - 152 Pages
ISBN 9781138209725 - CAT# Y290330
Series: ThirdWorlds

For Instructors Request Inspection Copy

USD$51.95

Currently out of stock
Add to Wish List
FREE Standard Shipping!

Summary

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.

Instructors

We provide complimentary e-inspection copies of primary textbooks to instructors considering our books for course adoption.

Request an
e-inspection copy

Share this Title