Regulating Statehood: State Building and the Transformation of the Global Order
Hameiri, S. (2010) Regulating Statehood: State Building and the Transformation of the Global Order. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY.
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In the post-Cold War years failed states have become a major security concern for policymakers. Prevalent scholarly approaches evaluate state building interventions in terms of whether they produce 'more' or 'less' state. In contrast, Shahar Hameiri argues that state building interventions are creating a new form of transnationally regulated statehood. Using case-studies from the Asia-Pacific, he analyzes the politics of state building and the implications for contemporary statehood and the global order. This book examines the effects of state building on the distribution, production and reproduction of political power: Who rules and how? What conflicts are engendered or exacerbated by state building, and how are they managed? What coalitions support the production or reproduction of power relationships associated with these interventions? It establishes that whether or not such interventions meet their objectives, they have led to the emergence of anti-pluralist forms of political rule within and between states.
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