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Security, Development and the Fragile State

Bridging the Gap between Theory and Policy, 1st Edition

By David Carment, Stewart Prest, Yiagadeesen Samy


290 pages

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This book provides theoretical clarity about the concepts of failed and fragile states, which have emerged strongly since the 9/11 attacks.

Recent contributions often see the fragile state as either a problem of development or of security. This volume argues that that neither perspective on its own is a sufficient basis for good policy. In a wide-ranging treatment, drawing on large samples as well as case studies, the authors create an alternative model of the fragile state emphasizing the multidimensional, multifaceted nature of the "fragile state problematique". On the basis of their model and empirical evidence, they then derive a number of policy-relevant insights regarding the need for contextualized and ongoing country analysis, the perils and pitfalls of unstructured development assistance, and the need to move whole-of-government approaches from the realm of rhetoric to reality. In offering both a synthesis of existing research and an innovative approach to understanding the fragile state, this volume will be of great interest to students of war and conflict studies, risk, conflict management, and international relations in general. It will also be of use to practitioners in policy circles and to NGOs.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction 2: Policy Analysis: Contending and Complementary Approaches 3: A Fragile States Framework 4: The Determinants and Consequences of State Fragility: An Empirical Assessment 5: Assessing Policy Inputs: Aid Allocation and Effectiveness in Fragile States Environments 6: Profiles of Fragility for Effective Risk Analysis and Monitoring 7: Fragility Relevance and Impact Assessment

About the Authors

David Carment is Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada, and Fellow of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI). His book publications include Who Intervenes? Ethnic Conflict and Interstate Crises (2006) and Peacekeeping Intelligence (2006, Routledge). Stewart Prest is a PhD student in the department of political science at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Yiagadeesen Samy is Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Canada.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding

The series publishes monographs and edited collections analysing a wide range of policy interventions associated with statebuilding. It asks broader questions about the dynamics, purposes and goals of this interventionist framework and assesses the impact of externally-guided policy-making.

Advisory Board: Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Aberystwyth University; Morten Boas, NUPI; Adam Branch, San Diego State University; David Chandler, University of Westminster; Adrian Gallagher, University of Leeds; Luke Glanville, Australian National University; Shahar Hameiri, Murdoch University; John Heathershaw, University of Exeter; Eric Heinze, University of Oklahoma; Robert Murray, University of Alberta; Lee P. M. Seymour, University of Amsterdam; Timea Spitka, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security