Is the failed state thesis analytically useful? The case of Yemen

Dingli, S. (2013) Is the failed state thesis analytically useful? The case of Yemen. Politics, 33(2), pp. 91-100. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9256.2012.01453.x)

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The failed state thesis has been a matter for discussion in the international relations academy for more than two decades. However, the soundness of this analytic framework has been questioned. This article critically engages this debate by examining the ability of the thesis to provide insight into the practice of statecraft in the case of Yemen. It argues that as a result of its rigid and Eurocentric approach, the failed state thesis is unable to recognise the strategies employed by states like Yemen to ensure their survival, which include the purposeful production of chaos.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Failed state thesis, Yemen, Cyprus, patronage.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dingli, Dr Sophia
Authors: Dingli, S.
Subjects:J Political Science > JZ International relations
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Research Group:International Relations
Journal Name:Politics
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1467-9256
Published Online:01 November 2012

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