Failed state or a failed paradigm? State capacity and the limits of institutionalism

Hameiri, Shahar (2007) Failed state or a failed paradigm? State capacity and the limits of institutionalism. Journal of International Relations and Development, 10 2: 122-149. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jird.1800120

Author Hameiri, Shahar
Title Failed state or a failed paradigm? State capacity and the limits of institutionalism
Journal name Journal of International Relations and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1408-6980
Publication date 2007-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1057/palgrave.jird.1800120
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 122
End page 149
Total pages 28
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Language eng
Abstract In the post-Cold War era, a voluminous literature has developed to define failed states, identify the causes and parameters of failure, and devise ways for dealing with the problems associated with state fragility and failure. While there is some theoretical diversity within this literature — notably between neoliberal institutionalists and neo-Weberian institutionalists — state failure is commonly defined in terms of state capacity. Since capacity is conceived in technical and ‘objective’ terms, the political nature of projects of state construction (and reconstruction) is masked. Whereas the existence of social and political struggles of various types is often recognized by the failed states literature, these conflicts are abstracted from political and social institutions. Such an analysis then extends into programmes that attempt to build state capacity as part of projects that seek to manage social and political conflict. Ascertaining which interests are involved and which interests are left out in such processes is essential for any understanding of the prospects or otherwise of conflict resolution.
Keyword Economic development
Failed states
State capacity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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