Persistent State Weakness in the Global Age addresses the question of why state weakness in the global era persists. It debunks a common assumption that state weakness is a stop-gap on the path to state failure and state collapse. Informed by a globalization perspective, the book shows how state weakness is frequently self-reproducing and functional. The interplay of global actors, policies and norms is analyzed from the standpoint of their internalization in a weak state through transnational networks. Contributors examine the reproduction of partial and discriminatory rule at the heart of persistent state weakness, drawing on a wide geographical range of case studies including the Middle East, the Balkans, the post-Soviet states and sub-Saharan Africa. The study of state-weakening dynamics related to institutional incapacity, colonial and war legacies, legitimacy gaps, economic informality, democratization and state-building provides an insight into durability and resilience of weak states in the global age.

chapter |16 pages

State Weakening and Globalization

ByDenisa Kostovicova, Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic

part II|45 pages

Historical Approaches

chapter 4|14 pages

Afghanistan: The Patrimonial Trap and the Dream of Institution-Building

ByAntonio Giustozzi

chapter 5|14 pages

The Durability of Weak States in the Middle East

ByKristian Coates Ulrichsen

chapter 6|15 pages

State Failure and State-building in Russia, 1992–2004

ByVadim Volkov

part III|35 pages

Policy Approaches

part IV|57 pages


chapter 9|14 pages

Measuring State Failure/Weakness: Do the Balkan Cases Fit?

BySusan L. Woodward

chapter 11|17 pages

The Reconstruction of Political Authority in a Global Era

ByMary Kaldor

chapter |9 pages

Persistent State Weakness and Issues for Research, Methodology and Policy

ByDenisa Kostovicova, Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic