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Fragile States: Causes, Costs, and Responses

Wim Naudé, Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, and Mark McGillivray


Overcoming state fragility is one of the most important international development objectives of the 21st century. Many fragile states have turned into failed states, where millions of people are caught in deprivation and seemingly hopeless conditions. Fragile states lack the authority, legitimacy, and capacity that a modern state needs to advance the development of its peoples, and present deep challenges for the design and implementation of development policy. For instance, how is aid to be designed and delivered in a way that will help people in fragile states if their governments lack capac ... More

Keywords: state fragility, failed states, fragile states, development policy, aid, insecurity, out-migration, displaced populations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199693153
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693153.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wim Naudé, editor
Senior Research Fellow, World Institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University

Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, editor
Economist, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Mark McGillivray, editor
Research Professor, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University

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