An Internal Challenge: Partnerships in Fixing Failed States by ProQuest


The term "failed state" has only recently entered into international legal jargon to describe the collapse and dissolution of states. These processes have become relatively frequent of late and are symptomatic of the condition of today's community of states and system of international law. This article aims to analyze the phenomenon of failed states in its legal, political and sociological aspects. From the international law point of view, a failed state, while retaining legal capacity, has in all practical purposes lost the ability to exercise it. Sociologically, the failed state is characterized by two phenomena. The first is the collapse of the government's core, which Max Weber rightly described as the "monopoly of power." The second sociological feature of a failed state is the brutality and intensity of the violence within the country. As a rule, the external forces of public and private life can provide nothing more than a little help in the progression toward self-help.

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