Governance and Political Adaptation in Fragile States

Editors: Lahai, J.I., von Strokirch, K., Brasted, H., Ware, H. (Eds.)

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  • Examines the characterization, the internal dynamics, progress and challenges facing postcolonial fragile states
  • Deepens policy makers’ and practitioners' understanding of the diverse trajectories and experiences of fragility, governance and nation-building
  • Can be useful as a main or supplemental course text for graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses in a variety of disciplines (in the humanities and social sciences)
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The book examines the various ways that fragile states (or states with limited statehood) in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas have adopted, and adapted to, the processes of liberal political governance in their quests to address the problem of political fragility. It presents the stories of resilience in the political adaptation to Western liberal conceptions of governance. In addition to singular or comparative country case studies, this project also examines the interplay of culture, identities, and politics in the creation of people-centric governance reforms. Towards these ends, this volume sheds light on weak states’ often constructive engagement in the promotion of state governance with a variety of political conditions, adverse or otherwise; and their ability to remain resilient despite the complex political, sociocultural, and economic challenges affecting them. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the authors aim to counter the noticeable shortcomings in the discursive representations of fragility, and to contribute a more balanced examination of the narratives about and impact of political adaption and governance in people’s lives and experiences.

About the authors

John Idriss Lahai is Research Fellow in international studies at the University of New England, Australia.
Karin von Strokirch is Senior Lecturer in international studies at the University of New England, Australia.
Howard Brasted is Professor of history, politics and Islamic studies at the University of New England, Australia. 
Helen Ware is Professor of the practice in development, peace, and public policy studies at the University of New England, Australia. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Lahai, John Idriss (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • The History and Representations of the Challenges of Governance in the Fragile States of Sub-Saharan Africa

    Lahai, John Idriss (et al.)

    Pages 15-38

  • Reifying Imagined Communities: The Triumph of the Fragile Nation-State and the Peril of Modernization

    Bosley, Chris C.

    Pages 39-74

  • From Saving Failed States to Managing Risks: Reinterpreting Fragility Through Resilience

    Lemay-Hébert, Nicolas

    Pages 75-101

  • Adapting to Survive: The Peculiar Fate of Liberal Governance Models in East Timor

    McAuliffe, Pádraig

    Pages 105-133

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Governance and Political Adaptation in Fragile States
Editors
  • John Idriss Lahai
  • Karin von Strokirch
  • Howard Brasted
  • Helen Ware
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90749-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90749-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90748-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 305
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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