Handbook of Fragile States

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Handbook of Fragile States

9781800883468 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Yiagadeesen Samy, Professor of International Affairs and David Carment, Professor of International Affairs, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Publication Date: August 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 346 8 Extent: c 448 pp
This timely Handbook examines the causes, costs and consequences of state fragility, advancing key debates in the field. Demonstrating the multidimensionality of fragility by applying diverse theories and methodologies, it provides new insights on effective policy development and application in the context of fragile states.

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This timely Handbook examines the causes, costs and consequences of state fragility, advancing key debates in the field. Demonstrating the multidimensionality of fragility by applying diverse theories and methodologies, it provides new insights on effective policy development and application in the context of fragile states.

Drawing on a wide variety of disciplines, approaches and case studies, the Handbook pays particular attention to the root causes and drivers of fragility. It centres authority, legitimacy and the citizen-state relationship alongside state capacity, revealing the flaws in the reasoning behind previous Western policy interventions in fragile states. Chapters address a broad range of issues facing fragile states, from fragility traps, refugees and urbanisation to recent events including the Covid-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war and the increasing pressures of climate change. Ultimately, the Handbook advances the state of both academic and policy knowledge on state fragility, revealing the deep links between the two.

This Handbook will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of political science, international relations, development studies, economics, and sociology. It will also benefit practitioners seeking to improve the effectiveness of their policy proposals.
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‘The idea of fragile states has been widely debated since its first emergence in the fields of security and development. By uniting authors from various disciplines and backgrounds, this Handbook contributes to a better understanding of the many factors that may hamper the legitimacy and the capacity of state institutions. It will be of interest to researchers studying the multifaceted nature of fragility, as well as to policy practitioners operating in countries affected by ongoing crises, disasters and conflicts.’
– Olivier Nay, University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne, France

‘Extending from their previous extensive research and bringing together a strong group of contributors, Samy and Carment offer an excellent introduction and resource on research and policy on fragile states. Collectively, the chapters provide a thorough review of core topics in the literature, such as the conceptualization and measurement of fragile states and root causes, and new perspectives on emerging topics, such as urban fragility and climate linkages.’
– Rachel Gisselquist, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Finland
Contributors
Contributors include: Nesreen Nasser Alanbar, Hamid E. Ali, Julian Bergmann, Rachael Calleja, David Carment, Karla Cisneros Rosado, Helder da Costa, Tobias Debiel, Harsh Desai, Stephan Dombrowski, Mahmoud Elmakkawe, Ines A. Ferreira, Francesco Femia, Natalie Fiertz,  Mark Furness, Michaël Goujon, Sonja Grimm, Nate Haken,  Brigitte Hugh, Said Yaqub Ibrahimi, Seth D. Kaplan, Diana Koester, Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Habib ur Rehman Mayar, Jonathan Marley, Monty G. Marshall, Charles Martin-Shields, Mark McGillivray, Robert Muggah, Zina Nimeh, Babatunde Obamamoye, Felix Piedade, Sarah Rose, Robert I. Rotberg, Yiagadeesen Samy, Erin Sikorsky, Safiullah Taye, Laurent Wagner
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