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Rightsizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders

Rightsizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders


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Strategic decisions to reduce the size, scope, or ambitions of organizations—including states—to enhance future prospects are among the most difficult and least understood conclusions. This volume identifies the conditions in which less really is more, analyzing the possibilities for institutional redesign—including state contraction—for responding effectively to destabilizing and often violence-laden conflicts. Among the countries discussed in detail are Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco, Congo, Jordan, Indonesia, Russia, the former Soviet Union, Iraq, and India.

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ISBN-13: 9780199244904
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 02/07/2002
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Brendan O'Leary
2. The Elements of Right-Sizing and Right-Peopling the State, Brendan O'Leary
3. Thresholds of Opportunity and Barriers to Change in the Right-sizing of States, Ian S Lustick
4. From Reshaping to Resizing a failing State? The Case of the Congo/Zaire, Thomas Callaghy
5. Resizing and Reshaping the State: India from Partition to the Present, Gurharpal Singh
6. The Negotiable State: Borders and Power-Struggles in Pakistan, Vali Nasr
7. Reifying Boundaries, Fetishising the Nation: Soviet Legacies and Elite legitimacy in Post-Soviet States, Alexander J Motyl
8. Turkey's Kurdish Problem: Borders, Identity and Hegemony, Umit Cizie Sakallioglu
9. Indigestible Lands? Comparing the Fates of WeManufacturing Identity and Managing Kurds in Iraq, Denise Natali
10. Indigestible Lands? Comparing the Fates of Western Sahara and East Timor, Stephen Zunes
11. Rightsizing Over the Jordan: The Politics of Down-sizing Borders, Marc Lynch
12. 'Right-Sizing' or 'Right-Shaping'? Politics, Ethnicity and Territory in Plural Societies, Oren Yiftachel
13. Conclusion: Right-sizing and the Alignment of States and Collective Identities, Ian S. Lustick

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