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The Myth of International Order: Why Weak States Persist and Alternatives to the State Fade Away

Arjun Chowdhury


This book takes on a fundamental political puzzle: most states in the international system are “weak” states—states unable to monopolize violence or provide public goods, and yet the nation-state remains the primary organizational form for world politics. In addressing this puzzle, the book shows why states everywhere face popular dissatisfaction with their performance and why addressing this dissatisfaction—through institutional alternatives to the state like the European Union, or through higher taxation—is so difficult. Bringing together international relations and historical sociology, it ... More

Keywords: weak states, state formation, nation-building, war, colonialism, anti-colonialism, taxation, neoliberalism, civil war, human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190686710
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190686710.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arjun Chowdhury, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia