Right-sizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders

Hardcover | November 1, 2001

EditorBrendan OLeary, Ian S. Lustick, Thomas Callaghy

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Strategic decisions to reduce the size, scope, or ambitions of organizations - including states - in order to enhance future prospects, are among the most difficult and least well-understood choices made in collective life. This volume makes a bold effort to identify the conditions in whichless really is more. Each contributor to the volume analyzes the possibilities for institutional redesign, including state contraction, for responding effectively to destabilizing and often violence-laden conflicts. Among the countries discussed in detail are Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco, Congo,Jordan, Indonesia, Russia and the former Soviet Union, Iraq, and India. An impressive array of experts assess strategies that go against the grain, strategies to 'righsize' and even 'downsize' states by changing their external and internal borders. Typically this means opposing prevailing prejudicesagainst partition and 'seraratist' solutions as well as paying high political costs in the short run for more manageable political problems in the long run. Understanding the conditions under which such strategies can be entertained and successfully implemented is as difficult, and as important, asmaking this kind of option available to beleaguered states in a complex and rapidly changing world.

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Strategic decisions to reduce the size, scope, or ambitions of organizations - including states - in order to enhance future prospects, are among the most difficult and least well-understood choices made in collective life. This volume makes a bold effort to identify the conditions in whichless really is more. Each contributor to the v...

Brendan O'Leary is at London School of Economics. Ian S. Lustick is at University of Pennsylvania.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:444 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Brendan O'Leary: Introduction2. Brendan O'Leary: The Elements of Right-Sizing and Right-Peopling the State3. Ian S. Lustick: Thresholds of Opportunity and Barriers to Change in the Right-sizing of States4. Thomas M. Callaghy: From Reshaping to Resizing a Failing State? The Case of the Congo/Zaire5. Gurharpal Singh: Resizing and Reshaping the State: India from Partition to the Present6. Vali Nasr: The Negotiable State: Borders and Power-Struggles in Pakistan7. Alexander J. Motyl: Reifying Boundaries, Fetishising the Nation: Soviet Legacies and Elite legitimacy in Post-Soviet States8. Umit Cizre: Turkey's Kurdish Problem: Borders, Identity and Hegemony9. Denise Natali: Manufacturing Identity and Managing Kurds in Iraq10. Stephen Zunes: Indigestible Lands? Comparing the Fates of Western Sahara and East Timor11. Marc Lynch: Right-Sizing Over the Jordan: The Politics of Down-Sizing Borders12. Oren Yiftachel: 'Right-Sizing' or 'Right-Shaping'? Politics, Ethnicity and Territory in Plural Societies13. Ian S. Lustick: Conclusion: Right-Sizing and the Alignment of States and Collective Identities