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Surpassing the Sovereign StateThe Wealth, Self-Rule, and Security Advantages of Partially Independent Territories$
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David A. Rezvani

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199688494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688494.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.300) 10 Conclusion
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Surpassing the Sovereign State
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David A. Rezvani

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688494.003.0010

Chapter 10 concludes the book with a summary of its key findings. The chapter begins by underscoring the importance of partially independent territories for the world’s finances, global security, geostrategic services, and international structure. While making use of a number of cases, the chapter revisits the point that PITs do not present a utopian outcome that is better than all other governmental alternatives. They nevertheless have significant advantages over sovereign states. The chapter ends with remarks on the future of PITs including a discussion of their continued emergence and their potential as a tool to address the disastrous outcomes of sovereign state failure.

Keywords:   state failure, Puerto Rico, Crimea, nation-building, sovereign state alternatives, punctuated equilibrium, international systemic amendment

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