Different conceptions of state fragility
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Different conceptions of state fragility Institutionalist ideas have become popular in policy-making circles, and numerous national and international organisations have adopted an institutionalist framework in one way or another. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, for one, deﬁnes state collapse as ‘the collapse of state institutions’.39 The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has provided one of the most widely accepted deﬁnitions of state fragility, associating the term with ‘governments that cannot or will not deliver core functions to the majority of [their] people’.40 In this context the OECD represents an exception, as it combines aspects of a purely institutional approach in certain reports with more nuanced social legitimacy analyses. It is to this example that we now turn, beginning with an analysis of the conceptual framework used in the organisation’s reports.