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Exploring the Paradoxical Consequences of State Collapse: The Cases of Somalia 1991-2006 and Lebanon 1975-82,

by Ersun N. Kurtulus

Jul 5, 2012

Relative social and economic well-being in the aftermath of a state's collapse is usually explained on the basis of a single case, Somalia, and with reference to the impact of endogenous factors such as the repressive and predatory nature of the state which collapsed and the ability of civil society actors and institutions to fulfil those functions that are normally performed by a state. This article challenges this theoretical view.