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Conclusion: Right‐Sizing and the Alignment of States and Collective Identities

Ian S. Lustick

in Right-sizing the State

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244904
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244901.003.0013
 Conclusion: Right‐Sizing and the Alignment of States and Collective Identities

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In the concluding chapter of the volume, Ian Lustick summarizes evidence in support of his theory of boundary institutionalization. Drawing on the volume contributors’ studies of the former Soviet Union, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Jordan, Congo/Zaïre, and Iraq, the author seeks to expand options for aligning collective identities and states without encouraging premature deconstruction of state boundaries. Instead of violent destabilization of borders, the author encourages the use of the volume's conclusions for preventing violent conflict or forcible collapse of a state territory.

Keywords: borders; collective identities; conclusion; institutionalization; Lustick; territory; violent conflict

Chapter.  7545 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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