Paradox of Power: The Logics of State Weakness in Eurasia by John HeathershawParadox of Power: The Logics of State Weakness in Eurasia by John Heathershaw

Paradox of Power: The Logics of State Weakness in Eurasia

EditorJohn Heathershaw, Edward Schatz

Paperback | June 10, 2017

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“State weakness” is seen to be a widespread problem throughout Central Asia and other parts of postsocialist space, and more broadly in areas of the developing world. Challenging the widespread assumption that these “weak states” inevitably slide toward failure, Paradox of Power takes careful stock of the varied experiences of Eurasian states to reveal a wide array of surprising outcomes. The case studies show how states teeter but do not collapse, provide public goods against all odds, interact with societies in creative ways, utilize coercion effectively against internal opponents, and establish practices that are far more durable than the language of “weakness” would allow. While deepening our understanding of the phenomenon in Eurasia in particular, the essays also contribute to more general theories of state weakness.
John Heathershaw is associate professor of international relations at the University of Exeter, UK. He has served on the board of the Central Eurasian Studies Society and the European Society for Central Asian Studies. He is the author of Post-Conflict Tajikistan: The Politics of Peacebuilding and the Emergence of Legitimate Order and ...
Title:Paradox of Power: The Logics of State Weakness in EurasiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 10, 2017Publisher:University Of Pittsburgh PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0822964414

ISBN - 13:9780822964414


Editorial Reviews

“A thrill to read. Paradox of Power is at once theoretically compelling and empirically rich. We desperately need to understand how these states function, and step into the ‘shadows’—shadows that we ourselves cast—and look anew at how Eurasian governments work. This volume makes that step, allowing the reader to evaluate anew the weaknesses, but equally important, the strengths of the enduring Eurasian state.” —Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University