“Fragile States”… An analysis from the capability approach perspective

Brouillet, Anne-Sophie, and Patricia Huyghebaert (2007). "“Fragile States”... An analysis from the capability approach perspective" Paper presented at the 4th annual conference of the HDCA, 18-20 September 2007, New York, USA.

Fragile States is a new way of naming this particuliar category of states that have weak performance, insufficient service delivery, insufficient administrative and government power, legal weaknesses.Three key issues are therefore addressed in this paper. First, how can fragility be defined at the personal level? The capability approach brings interesting analytical tools to explain the situation. Second, how fragility at the personal level may interact and generate fragility at the societal level? Finally, what would be the appropriate framework for the design of policies aiming at reducing the global fragility? The benefit of such an approach is that it allows fragile states to be examined at the light of this new way of thinking in order to conceive preventive policy measures that would avoid the surge of a political crisis and the risk of dealing with a failure or a conflict situation.
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