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Fragile States: An Overview

Wim Naudé, Amelia U. Santos-Paulino and Mark McGillivray

in Fragile States

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693153
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693153.003.0001

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

Fragile States: An Overview

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One of the major challenges of global development is to identify when states are fragile, understand in which dimensions they are fragile and why, and determine the costs of such state fragility as well as how the international community should respond to fragile states. This book studies these causes, costs, and responses from two main perspectives. The first is the perspective of conflict. We cannot properly study state fragility without giving substantial weight to the relationship between conflict and state fragility—how does conflict contribute to fragility and how can fragile states avoid falling into conflict? How can fragile states in conflict make the transition to peace? A second perspective is on the role of the international community. This community, in particular donors, have an important challenge to contribute towards a reduction in conflict and an improvement in the effectiveness of aid. Indeed, despite the prominence of conflicts in many fragile states there is still a lack of research on the economic dimensions of conflict, aid and development in fragile states. How can aid flows to fragile states be made more effective? This chapter provides the background to the rest of the book and discusses the contributions of the individual chapters.

Keywords: fragile states; state failure; conflict; aid

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Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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