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Governmentalizing Sovereignty: Indexes of State Fragility and the Calculability of Political Order*

Nehal Bhuta

in Governance by Indicators

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658244
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.003.0006
Governmentalizing Sovereignty: Indexes of State Fragility and the Calculability of Political Order*

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This chapter studies the state fragility index of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). This index serves as an example of the uses, creation, and supposed measurement through indicators of the concepts of fragile, failing, or failed states. It describes this term as a ‘trading language’, which is used to refer to complicated social realities that are very heterogenous and have very little empirical and theoretical agreement.

Keywords: state fragility index; failed states; trading language; social realities; agreement; US Agency for International Development

Chapter.  15728 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law

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