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Kevin Davis, Angelina Fisher, Benedict Kingsbury, and Sally Engle Merry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.001.0001

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Governmentalizing Sovereignty: Indexes of State Fragility and the Calculability of Political Order *

Governmentalizing Sovereignty: Indexes of State Fragility and the Calculability of Political Order *

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(p.132) 6 Governmentalizing Sovereignty: Indexes of State Fragility and the Calculability of Political Order*
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Governance by Indicators
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Nehal Bhuta

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658244.003.0006

This chapter studies the state fragility index of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). This index serves as an example of the uses, creation, and supposed measurement through indicators of the concepts of fragile, failing, or failed states. It describes this term as a ‘trading language’, which is used to refer to complicated social realities that are very heterogenous and have very little empirical and theoretical agreement.

Keywords:   state fragility index, failed states, trading language, social realities, agreement, US Agency for International Development

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