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Title: Why Do “Failed States” Exist?
Authors: Vieira, Maurício 
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: International Studies Association
Serial title, monograph or event: International Studies Review
Volume: 22
Issue: 3
Abstract: The concept of a “failed state” presents theoretical and empirical problems due to definitional complexity and the insufficient precision given to identifying a failed state. Moreover, the political ramifications of the term threaten countries labeled this way. Such propositions guide The Ideology of Failed States, an in-depth investigation into the role that labels play in the relationship between states and institutions. In this book, Woodward criticizes international institutions and the interventionist model of “failed states” they employ for sustaining the existing ideology surrounding the term.
Description: Book review of: Susan L. Woodward. The Ideology of Failed States: Why Intervention Fails. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 324 pp., $89.99 hardback (ISBN: 978-1107176423).
ISSN: 1521-9488
DOI: 10.1093/isr/viaa022
Rights: openAccess
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