Mind the gap? [electronic resource] : the international sources of sovereignty and state weakness
- Melissa M. Lee.
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- Why do some developing countries fail to govern parts of their territory? The consequences of incomplete sovereignty are often severe in terms of order, public goods, and economic growth, which raise the question of why ungoverned spaces remain without effective authority. Although there are many reasons why states leave broad swathes of their territory partially or fully ungoverned, I identify the impact international factors have on domestic sovereignty. I argue that ``bad'' regional neighborhoods - those populated by hostile states - can reduce state administration and control. Neighboring enemy states can reduce domestic sovereignty in target states through subversion, in which they support third party proxy groups hostile to the target state, or through coercion, in which they deter or compel the target into leaving some parts of their territory ungoverned. This practice of external interference creates or sustains ungoverned spaces in the target state, and sometimes generates weak state authority in the enemy state's own territory through a blowback effect. Drawing on an innovative new measure of state authority and evidence from a cross-national statistical analysis, a natural experiment, and two qualitative case studies, I show that bad neighborhoods weaken the state.
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- Submitted to the Department of Political Science.
- Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2015.
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