International Development Organizations and Fragile States: Law and Disorder – eBook PDF
International Development Organizations and Fragile States, (PDF) addresses a conundrum for the international development community: The law of development cooperation presents major constraints on delivering aid where it is required most. The existence of a state with an operational government is a fundamental condition for the transfer of aid, making development cooperation with ‘fragile’ nations particularly demanding. The author examines how international organizations like the World Bank have responded by adopting informal and formal rules to engage specifically with countries with weak or no governments. Von Engelhardt presents a critical analysis of the discourse on fragile states and how it has shaped the policy decision-making of international organizations. By showing how perceptions of fragility can have significant consequences both in practice and in law, the work challenges conventional research that rejects state fragility as a phenomenon beyond the law. It also argues that the legal parameters for effective global policy play an important role, and provides a fresh approach to a topic that is central to international security and development.
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