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.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 152
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 18 mm
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