Conceptual approaches to state fragility
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The ﬁnal reason we choose to focus on the OECD is that some of its reports have adopted innovative stances on state fragility, moving beyond the orthodoxy towards anthropological and ethno-political approaches to legitimacy and state building. However, there is an inherent ambiguity in most of the organisation’s reports (even in those adopting a social legitimacy approach to state fragility), and the institutionalist perspective tends to predominate in most cases. This article examines the speciﬁc epistemic community associated with the OECD discourse on state fragility and suggests that more work should be done to determine how knowledge is produced within the organisation. By focusing on the language and meanings associated with state fragility, legitimacy and state building,10 and by combining textual analysis with interviews conducted with OECD ofﬁcials and scholar-practitioners who have participated in writing reports for the OECD,11 the article seeks to contribute to the discussion on the different meanings of and approaches to state building and state fragility.