States, Leaders, Governance, and Why Conflict Resolution Fails

  • Ian S. SpearsEmail author


In this chapter, I argue that the state itself is a source of instability and conflict. Yet the international community demands that certain practices be followed that sustain the state in its current form on the assumption that they will produce the same outcomes of peace and stability found in the West. I outline four elements that Western experts advocate in terms of state-building in former colonial states, compare these ideas with the manner in which Western states themselves developed, and explain why current methods and approaches are so problematic in the contemporary developing world.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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