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Book Review: When States Fail: Causes and Consequences by Robert I. Rotberg

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07/30/2014Edward Stringham

 

Volume 8, No. 3 (Fall 2005)

 

Do weak governments around the globe merit assistance? The premise of When States Fail: Causes and Consequences is that without strong government, society devolves into chaos. Sponsored by the Harvard University Failed States Project, this edited volume contains fourteen chapters, most of them written by political scientists. Not all authors come to the same conclusions, but they agree on most issues. Thus, I will treat the arguments collectively. The writers argue that the United States and other nations have a positive role to play in helping at-risk governments become strong.

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Edward Stringham is Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2017 he became president of American Institute for Economic Research in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from College of the Holy Cross in 1997 and his doctorate from George Mason University in 2002. As a student, Stringham first attended Mises University in 1996.

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Stringham, Edward. "Review of When States Fail: Causes and Consequences by Robert I. Rotberg." The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 8, No. 3 (Fall 2005): 97–99.

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