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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- Spring '08
- state failure, contemporary state formation