Governance and Political Adaptation in Fragile States

  • John Idriss Lahai
  • Karin von Strokirch
  • Howard Brasted
  • Helen Ware

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. John Idriss Lahai, Karin von Strokirch, Howard Brasted, Helen Ware
    Pages 1-11
  3. The History and Theories of State Fragility: From Fragility to Resilience

  4. Politics of Survival: Instability and the Possibilities of the Neoliberal Governance Framework

  5. The Politics of Electoral Adaptation

  6. Reconstructions of the Pacific Islands Countries

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 301-305

About this book


The book examines the various ways that fragile states (or states with limited statehood) in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas have adopted, and adapted to, the processes of liberal political governance in their quests to address the problem of political fragility. It presents the stories of resilience in the political adaptation to Western liberal conceptions of governance. In addition to singular or comparative country case studies, this project also examines the interplay of culture, identities, and politics in the creation of people-centric governance reforms. Towards these ends, this volume sheds light on weak states’ often constructive engagement in the promotion of state governance with a variety of political conditions, adverse or otherwise; and their ability to remain resilient despite the complex political, sociocultural, and economic challenges affecting them. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the authors aim to counter the noticeable shortcomings in the discursive representations of fragility, and to contribute a more balanced examination of the narratives about and impact of political adaption and governance in people’s lives and experiences.


fragile states Social Welfare Governance Environmentalism. Democracy

Editors and affiliations

  • John Idriss Lahai
    • 1
  • Karin von Strokirch
    • 2
  • Howard Brasted
    • 3
  • Helen Ware
    • 4
  1. 1.University of New EnglandNorthern TablelandsAustralia
  2. 2.University of New EnglandNorthern TablelandsAustralia
  3. 3.University of New EnglandNorthern TablelandsAustralia
  4. 4.University of New EnglandNorthern TablelandsAustralia

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