Fragile states : causes, costs, and responses : a study prepared by the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) / edited by Wim Naudé, Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, and Mark McGillivray.

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
xvii, 213 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Studies in development economics.
UNU-Wider studies in development economics

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Political stability.
Conflict management.
Kongress -- Helsinki -- 2007.
"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 capacity to absorb and use aid? And what can be done about adverse side-effects of fragile states on their neighbours and the global community, such as heightened insecurity, rising out-migration, displaced populations, and the destruction of natural resources? This book documents the far reaching global repercussions of state fragility and provides a timely contribution to the international discourse on three dimensions of fragile states: their causes, costs, and the responses required. It will appeal to scholars, policymakers, and donors who are concerned about conflict and development. Its aim is to contribute to our understanding of how strong and accountable states can be fostered-states where government and civil society progressively advance human wellbeing, underpin households' resilience in the face of shocks, and form effective partnerships to maximize the benefits of development assistance."--Publisher's website.
Fragile states: an overview / Wim Naude and Mark McGillivray
Causes. State fragility: concept and measurement / Mina Baliamoune-Lutz and Mark McGillivray
The causes and measurement of state fragility / David Carment, Stewart Prest, and Yiagadeesen Samy
Resources, conflict, and state fragility: Iraq and Somalia / Ghassan Dibeh
Costs. The cost of failing states and the limits to sovereignty / Lisa Chauvet, Paul Collier, and Anke Hoeffler
Fragility and conflict in Palestine: the costs of the closures regime on West Bank and Gaza / Sebnem Akkaya, Norbert Fiess, Bartlomiej Kaminski, and Gael Raballand
Gender and ethnicity in fragile states: the case of post-conflict Kosovo / Sumon Kumar Bhaumik, Ira N. Gang, and Myeong-Su Yun
Responses. Enforcing peace agreements in fragile states through commitment technologies / S. Mansoob Murshed and Philip Verwimp
Aid allocation and fragile states / Mark McGillivray
Enhancing effective utilization of aid in fragile states / Sanjeev Gupta.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Charles H. Maxson Fund.
Naudé, Wim A.
Santos Paulino, Amelia Uliafnova.
McGillivray, Mark.
World Institute for Development Economics Research.
Charles H. Maxson Fund.
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