Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts Fragile, Failed, Pariah

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  • Copyright: 2014-10-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This edited volume explores development in the so-called 'fragile', 'failed' and 'pariah' states. It examines the literature on both fragile states and their development, and offers eleven case studies on countries ranking in the 'very high alert' and 'very high warning' categories in the Fund for Peace Failed States Index. These include unrecognised states and, in order, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, Nepal, Malawi, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and North Korea. The chapters are written by scholars from a diversity of disciplines, including anthropology, development economics, international relations, and development studies. Each contributor presents an assessment of the countries' sociopolitical contexts and how these are related to the crosscutting themes of actor roles, development approaches and/or modalities, providing a critique of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and other fragile state development principles.

Author Biography

Anthony Ware is a Lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University, Australia. Previously he taught Development Studies at the University of Melbourne and worked in South East Asia. His primary research interests include the sociopolitical background and political transition in Myanmar (Burma) and its impact on poor communities, as well as the role and approaches to development of NGOs in difficult socio political contexts.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Win Naude, United Nations University's Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)
Preface; Anthony Ware
1. Beyond the Usual Suspects: Complexity of Fragility and Analytical Framework; Anthony Ware
2. Development in Fragile States and Situations: Theory and Critique; Anthony Ware and Vicki-Ann Ware
3. Challenges of Development in Difficult Sociopolitical Contexts ; Damien Kingsbury
4. Surviving in a Difficult Context: The Quest for Development in Unrecognised States; Costas Laoutides
5. Foreign Aid Delivery: Modes and Modalities in the Pacific; Simon Feeny and Jaclyn Donahue
6. Malawi: Waving or Drowning in the 21st Century?; Max Kelly
7. Development in Kyrgyzstan: Failed State or Failed Statebuilding?; Cai Wilkinson
8. Foreign Aid, Development and Civil War in Nepal; Kishor Sharma
9. Dynamics of Fragility: Secret Victories and Political Awakenings in Sri Lanka's Civil War; Rohan Bastin
10. Re-engaging in a Fragmented Context: Development Approaches and Aid Modalities in Afghanistan, 2001-2004; Nematullah Bizhan
11. Zimbabwe: Issues and Perspectives on Fragility and Failure; Jonathan Makuwira
12. Development in a Fragile Pariah State: Myanmar 1990-2010; Anthony Ware
13. Development in North Korea: Failed State or Pariah, or Both....?; John McKay
14. Critiques and Alternatives: Development in Contexts of Fragility; Anthony Ware

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