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The Lure of State Failure A Critique of State Failure Discourse in World Politics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History. Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, ISSN 1369-801X, E-ISSN 1469-929X, Vol. 16, no 6, 877-897 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article critiques state failure discourses from a poststructural and postcolonial perspective. We argue that these discourses are wedded to Euro-Western notions of the state and that, therefore, they fail to articulate other modes of political community to which we seek to open world political theory. First, we deconstruct prevalent state failure discourses to unearth the problematic character of their underlying commitments to a Eurocentric state. Second, we engage the way such discourses are deployed in the Failed States Index. Third, we propose an alternative account of why the Western model of the state has failed, explaining how the (neo)colonialist insistence on the propagation on this model enables the proliferation of violence conventionally attributed to state failure. Finally, we seek to open the notion of state failure to alternative forms of community obscured by the reification of the Western model of statecraft as the universal mode of political life.

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2014. Vol. 16, no 6, 877-897 p.
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World Politics, Poststructuralism, State failure, Postcolonialism, State
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Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110754DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2013.798140ISI: 000344473700007OAI: diva2:773187


Available from: 2014-12-18 Created: 2014-12-17 Last updated: 2014-12-18Bibliographically approved

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