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Failed States 19 April, 2011
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3 understandings of “state” 1. Functional : how effectively institutions able to perform tasks essential to survival as a unit Security (most critical) Regulate economy Dispute resolution/justice Uphold norms Enforce freedoms/ sustain civil society Regulate environment Infrastructure (privatized provision possible) Health care and education (privatized provision possible)
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STRONG state: delivers on whole range of functions + high quality provision eg. Advanced industrial countries WEAK state: cannot deliver the whole range + varying quality of performance eg. Strong on security BUT weak on enforcing freedoms eg. An authoritarian regime: China
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FAILED states: Weak states grow weaker, finally fail to deliver on all counts A gov’t still exists at the center…but very difficult to control borders and maintain loyalty of army, administration eg. Post-Mobutu DRCongo (late 1990s-- ) COLLAPSED states: Rare and extreme version of failed state
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course POLI 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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