The welfare cost of lawlessness: Evidence from Somali piracy

Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer, Hannes Felix Mueller, 28 February 2013

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Max Weber defined a functioning state as “a human community that (successfully) claims a monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory”. This does not apply to Somalia.

Topics: Development, Institutions and economics, International trade
Tags: failed states, piracy, Somalia

The empirical determinants of state fragility

Graziella Bertocchi, 6 April 2010

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The concept of state fragility, which was originally introduced by political scientists, has entered the debate on economic development only relatively recently. This concept has been associated with various combinations of the following dysfunctions:

Topics: Development, Politics and economics
Tags: Africa, failed states, institutions, Stage fragility

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