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Special issue: cities, conflict and state fragility in the developing world

Beall (ed.), Jo ORCID: 0000-0002-1898-3872, Goodfellow (ed.), Tom and Rodgers (ed.), Dennis (2013) Special issue: cities, conflict and state fragility in the developing world. Urban Studies, 50 (15). ISSN 0042-0980

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The articles presented in this Special Issue draw on five years of research by the Cities and Fragile States programme of the Crisis States Research Centre, based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. This programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), was an exploratory ‘blue skies’ endeavour that set out to examine the relationship between cities, states and conflict in conflict-affected parts of the developing world. Our starting-point was the neglect of cities in contemporary discourses of state-building and state fragility, despite the fact that it is widely accepted that cities have historically played a critical role in processes of state consolidation, transformation and erosion (see, for example, the work of Charles Tilly, 1989, 1992, 2010). Our research has found that cities are still central to such processes, but in much more complex ways. The articles that make up this Special Issue represent a sample of the larger research output of the programme, which we also refer to throughout this introductory article.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 Urban Studies Journal Ltd.
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D880 Developing Countries
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 14:13
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:34

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