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Unformatted text preview: Causes of state failure Characteristics of state o Democracy vs. autocracy o Openness to international trade o Control by single ethnic or religious group o Past episodes of state failure Grievances of population o Failure to deliver basic services o Large-scale inequality Ease of resistance to state o Terrain o Lootable resources o Homogeneity among group with grievances o Availability of external support Is failure more likely for new states? Reduced threat of foreign conquest Higher levels of wealth and trade Availability of external support The bad side of good things...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PLSC 117 taught by Professor Benjaminfordham during the Spring '08 term at Binghamton University.
- Spring '08