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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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Wealth and Security Advantages of Partial Independence

Wealth and Security Advantages of Partial Independence

(p.248) 8 Wealth and Security Advantages of Partial Independence
Surpassing the Sovereign State

David A. Rezvani

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 makes the case that partial independence has significant economic and security advantages over full independence. In particular the chapter places special emphasis on comparisons between PITs and sovereign states that are as similar as possible. Accordingly, the chapter makes use of simple matching, regression analysis, modern matching, and case studies to examine the economic and security performance of PITs as compared to fully independent states. Distinct from the views of some scholars of international relations and historic nationalists, the chapter shows that in region after region throughout the world PITs tend to be far wealthier and secure than their fully independent counterparts.

Keywords:   simple matching, coarsened exact matching (CEM), Suriname, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, Kurdistan, endogeneity, cataclysmic events

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