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Fragile States: Causes, Costs, and Responses


  • Naude, Wim
    (Maastricht School of Management)

  • Santos-Paulino, Amelia U.
    (Economist, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD))

  • McGillivray, Mark
    (Research Professor, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University)


Overcoming state fragility is one of the most important international development objectives of the 21st century. Many fragile states have turned into failed states, where millions of people are caught in deprivation and seemingly hopeless conditions. Fragile states lack the authority, legitimacy, and capacity that a modern state needs to advance the development of its peoples, and present deep challenges for the design and implementation of development policy. For instance, how is aid to be designed and delivered in a way that will help people in fragile states if their governments lack capacity to absorb and use aid? And what can be done about adverse side-effects of fragile states on their neighbours and the global community, such as heightened insecurity, rising out-migration, displaced populations, and the destruction of natural resources? This book documents the far reaching global repercussions of state fragility and provides a timely contribution to the international discourse on three dimensions of fragile states: their causes, costs, and the responses required. It will appeal to scholars, policymakers, and donors who are concerned about conflict and development. Its aim is to contribute to our understanding of how strong and accountable states can be fostered-states where government and civil society progressively advance human wellbeing, underpin households' resilience in the face of shocks, and form effective partnerships to maximize the benefits of development assistance. Contributors to this volume - Sebnem Akkaya, The World Bank, Washington DC, USA Mina Baliamoune-Lutz, University of North Florida, USA Sumon Kumar, Aston University, Birmingham, UK David Carment, Carleton University, Canada Lisa Chauvet, IRD, Paris, France Paul Collier, University of Oxford, UK Ghassan Dibeh, Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon Norbert Fiess, The World Bank, Washington DC, USA Ira N. Gang, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, USA Sanjeev Gupta, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC, USA Anke Hoeffler, University of Oxford, UK Bartlomiej Kaminski, University of Maryland, College Park and The World Bank, Washington DC, USA Mark McGillivray, Deakin University, Australia S. Mansoob Murshed, The Hague, The Netherlands and University of Birmingham, UK Wim Naude, UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, Finland Gael Raballand, The World Bank, Lusaka, Zambia Yiagadeesen Samy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, UNCTAD, Geneva, Switzerland Stewart Prest, University of British Columbia, Canada Myeong-Su Yun Tulane University, New Orleans, USA Philip Verwimp, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

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  • Naude, Wim & Santos-Paulino, Amelia U. & McGillivray, Mark (ed.), 2011. "Fragile States: Causes, Costs, and Responses," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199693153, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199693153

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    1. Tilman Brück & Wim Naudé & Philip Verwimp, 2013. "Entrepreneurship and Violent Conflict in Developing Countries," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2013-028, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    2. Rachel M. Gisselquist, 2015. "State Capability and Prospects for Close Co-ordination: Considerations for Industrial Policy in Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2015-035, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    3. Rachel M. Gisselquist, 2015. "State capability and prospects for close co-ordination: Considerations for industrial policy in Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series 035, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    4. Chuku Chuku & Onye Kenneth, 2019. "Working Paper 307 - The Macroeconomics of State Fragility in Africa," Working Paper Series 2433, African Development Bank.
    5. Cerami, Alfio, 2018. "The Night Lights of North Korea. Prosperity Shining and Public Policy Governance," MPRA Paper 87281, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 13 Jun 2018.

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