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Quasi-States

Quasi-States
Sovereignty, International Relations and the Third World

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: March 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521447836

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  • Robert Jackson examines the birth and survival of Third World nations since the end of the Second World War. He describes these countries as "quasi-states," arguing that they exist more by the support and indulgence of the international community than by the abilities and efforts of their own governments and peoples. He investigates the international normative framework that upholds sovereign statehood in the Third World. This he calls "negative sovereignty" and contrasts it with what he sees as the "positive sovereignty" that emerged in Europe along with the modern state. Within this structure, he examines how negative sovereignty arose, and its mechanisms and consequences for both international politics and the domestic conditions of quasi-states. He concludes by assessing the future of quasi-states and the institution of negative sovereignty.

    • First time paperback of very well-received work: hardback has sold c. 900 in 18 months, and people in the discipline have been asking for a paperback for students
    • Jackson is a big name, an expert in the politics of the Third World, particularly Africa
    • This will be of interest to students of Third World politics and development studies, as well as IR and international political economy
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    "...a masterly analysis of the rules, norms and values of post-colonial international society." Political Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521447836
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. States and quasi-states
    2. A new sovereignty regime
    3. Sovereignty regimes in history
    4. Independence by right
    5. Sovereignty and development
    6. Sovereign rights versus development
    7. Quasi-states and international history
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Robert H. Jackson, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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