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Right-sizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders

Brendan O'Leary, Ian S. Lustick, and Thomas Callaghy


This edited volume investigates the causes and consequences of the politics of moving borders. The theoretical concept of right‐sizing the state is developed from Ian Lustick's theory of state expansion and contraction as a process of institutionalization of territory and borders. Brendan O’Leary contributes a taxonomy of modes of regulating ethnic conflict. The volume's reaming authors apply Lustick's theory and O’Leary's taxonomy to historical cases, in large part aiming to explain the changing territoriality of states as a result of elite politics. By asking about how and under what circums ... More

Keywords: borders, elite politics, ethnic conflict, identities, India, Jordan, right‐sizing, Soviet Union, state, territory

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199244904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199244901.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brendan O'Leary, editor
London School of Economics
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Ian S. Lustick, editor
University of Pennsylvania
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Thomas Callaghy, editor
University of Pennsylvania
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