Failed States, Collapsed States, and Weak States: Causes and Indicators

By
Robert I. Rotberg

Nation-states fail because they are convulsed by internal violence and can no longer deliver positive political goods to their inhabitants. Their governments lose legitimacy, and the very nature of the particular nation-state itself becomes illegitimate in the eyes and in the hearts of a growing plurality of its citizens...

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