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State formation and international behaviour

Raymond Hinnebusch

in The International Politics of the Middle East

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780719053450
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700204 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719053450.003.0004
State formation and international behaviour

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State-building is the effort of rulers to institutionalise state structures capable of absorbing expanding political mobilisation and controlling territory corresponding to an identity community. In the Middle East, the flaws built into the process from its origins have afflicted the states with enduring legitimacy deficits. This chapter argues that several aspects of state formation are pivotal in determining the international behaviour of states and explaining variations in their foreign policies. Imperialism literally constructed the system and its state components. Later, two trans-state forces rooted in persisting suprastate identity—first Pan-Arabism and then radical Islam—stimulated the state formation needed to bring their subversive potential under control. Later yet, war motivated and legitimised state-formation advances. Most recently, globalisation is threatening to turn regional states from buffers against external intrusion into transmission belts of it.

Keywords: state-building; Middle East; legitimacy deficits; foreign policy; imperialism; Islam; Pan-Arabism; globalisation

Chapter.  6317 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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