States-Within-States: Incipient Political Entities in the Post-Cold War Era (Hardback)
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States-Within-States: Incipient Political Entities in the Post-Cold War Era (Hardback)

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Hardback 202 Pages / Published: 14/05/2004
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Many of the existing juridical states in the Third World remain fragile and prone to collapse. Yet, these conditions have not always given way to anarchy. In some cases, the breakdown of weak and often arbitrary states has given way to more coherent and viable, though not necessarily benevolent, political entities. This book examines the extent to which these sub-units - ' states within states ' - represent alternatives that the international community could look to in a long-term effort to bring stability, security and development to peoples in the Third World.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403963857
Number of pages: 202
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
Edition: 2004 ed.


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"One of the most important developments in recent years has been the loss of control over territory by many states. However, the decline of central states does not simply result in anarchy as there are often groups who are willing to provide some kind of order on a more local basis. As a result, "states within states" have appeared as sub-national movements gain whole or partial control of part of a nation. This new book edited by Paul Kingston and Ian Spears is one of the first efforts to examine this phenomenon across the world. It is especially notable for its explicit theorization of the problem, the wealth of empirical information that the contributors have provided on what are often extremely difficult cases to understand, and the importance of the policy questions that are examined. States Within States will be an important contribution for those seeking to understand the evolution of sovereignty in war-torn areas of the world." - Jeffrey Herbst, Princeton University

"This book is a big step beyond our conventional understanding of 'failed states.' It advances our understanding by recognizing that the disintegration of existing sovereign states can be accompanied by the simultaneous emergence of not yet recognized but demonstrably capable states within certain parts of the same territorial jurisdiction. We are provoked to ask: Do not those more capable and domestically legitimate entities have a more valid claim to international recognition? Where that happens, isn't it a justifiable and workable solution to the problem of failed states? This is an insightful and thought-provoking book." - Robert Jackson, Boston University

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