Typology of State Types – Persistence and Transition

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Authors
  1. Tikuisis, P.
  2. Carmet, D.
  3. Samy, Y.
  4. Landry, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);Carleton Univ, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Research on state fragility has seldom examined questions of persistence and transition of states. We develop a six-fold typology of states to examine how key structural features of states evolve and contribute to successful exits from fragility in some cases and persistence in others. Particularly worrisome is the lack of positive transition among the weakest states. Our findings are derived from a minimalist construct of a refined time series dataset involving state indicators of authority, legitimacy, and capacity. Case studies of some of the more turbulent examples support our state trajectories. Additionally, changes in legitimacy most often led state transitions into or out of fragility. Implications of intervention policy for transitioning states out of fragility are addressed, and these are given particular focus since fragile states experience at least twice the intensity/incidence of internal armed conflict compared to other states.
Keywords
fragility trap;armed conflict;authority;legitimacy;capacity
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-P105 — External Literature
Date of publication
28 Apr 2015
Number of Pages
40
DSTKIM No
CA040346
CANDIS No
801362
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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