State fragility and international recognition

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    This chapter considers how the evolving norms and practices of international recognition relate to the ‘state fragility’ policy agenda. First, the chapter discusses contemporary state failure and state fragility discussion, introducing the ‘consensual’ definition of state fragility and its origins. Second, it directly links the (modern) state fragility discussion with international recognition and statebuilding issues. The chapter shows that the conventional criteria for statehood do not include standards relating to the capacity of state institutions and contain no formal provisions for withdrawing statehood in the event of failure to meet objective standards of state capacity or performance. Nevertheless, there have been academic debates about the possibility of the ‘decertification’ of statehood when states do not meet normative standards set by the ‘international community’. Finally, the chapter closes on the very recent discussion of state fragility, tying the concept with resilience and risk.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of State Recognition
    Editors Gëzim Visoka, John Doyle and Edward Newman
    Place of PublicationAbingdon
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
    ISBN (Print)9780815354871
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


    Dive into the research topics of 'State fragility and international recognition'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this