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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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Sovereign State Weakness

Sovereign State Weakness

(p.220) (p.221) 7 Sovereign State Weakness
Surpassing the Sovereign State

David A. Rezvani

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 explains why the sovereign states of today tend to be weak. The chapter discusses how the features that once made them strong have significantly eroded—and therefore contribute toward the relative strength of PITs. International norms that once facilitated sovereign state wealth and territorial expansion now contribute to their smallness and poverty. Their monopolization of control that once helped them improve internal efficiency now contributes to promoting nationalistic opposition and fragmentation. And although sovereign states had great success at removing the anarchical conditions within their borders, some of the same fearful and dangerous anarchical conditions remain in their relations with each other at the international level. In many of the ways that sovereign states tend to fail (with their frequent absence of the public goods, emergency protection, common markets, and other-regarding norms of a larger state), PITs succeed.

Keywords:   sovereign state, nation-state, public goods, anarchy, firm metaphor, terra nullius, fixed borders norm, poverty trap, negarchy

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