INTL4280_Feb21 - Thursday, 21 February 2008 Weak States,...

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Thursday, 21 February 2008 Weak States, Outside Actors, and Conflict Weak state – government that lacks widespread legitimacy o Do have central government o Ethnic loyalty precedes civic nationalism o Can’t provide social services o Collapsed state – no leader at all o Criticism of authors – don’t address how these weak states form and why they persist Path-dependent explanation – if a country doesn’t have an institutional history representation, forced democracy doesn’t work o Does outside intervention make it worse or better for weak states? Colonial era o 1884 – Africa was divided up between European powers Ethiopia and Liberia have mostly been independent o Administrative systems put into place by Europeans GB used indirect rule – relied on indigenous people to run the colony France used direct rule o Main incentive for colonization was economic Educate the natives o Independence movements 1960s – most countries were independent o Countries implemented some sorts of democracies GB helped set up Constitutions
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course INTL 4280 taught by Professor Mitchell during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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INTL4280_Feb21 - Thursday, 21 February 2008 Weak States,...

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