Special Reports

Members of the Crisis States programme have authored or contributed to the following special reports and publications:

Francisco Gutierrez and colleagues at the IEPRI research centre, Universidad Nacional de Colombia: 'Measuring Poor State Performance' problems, perspectives and paths ahead' (February 2011).  This report presents the results of a detailed investigation of poor state performance indicators (PSPIs) which was developed within the second phase of the Crisis States Programme.  The report analyses current practices and proposes some potential solutions as well as an agenda of research for the future.   The report can be downloaded here.    If you require a hard copy please contact the CSRC.


Mareike Schomerus and Tim Allen: 'Southern Sudan at odds with itself: dynamics of conflict and predicaments of peace' (July 2010). The main focus of this report is to provide information that clarifies the reasons behind increased intra-south violence in Sudan in the period after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. It is based on extensive interviews and fieldwork by three research teams from both the UK and Sudan. Tim Allen is an associate of the Crisis States Research Centre and contributes work on border areas to the Cities and Fragile States theme.    Download


James Putzel (principal author) 'Do No Harm: international support for statebuilding', OECD (January 2010)
This publication addresses two fundamental questions: what are the negative impacts that donor interventions can have on statebuilding; and what measures should donors adopt to avoid negative impacts on statebuilding processes. The report is based on an extensive literature review and on six country case studies (Afghanistan, Bolivia, DRCongo, Nepal, Rwanda and Sierra Leone).  Browse publication

James Putzel 'Regional and Global Drivers of Conflict: consequences for fragile states and regions' (Oct 2009)
Prepared for the World Bank headline seminar on Regional and Global Dimensions of Conflict and Peace-building held in Addis Ababa, October 2009.   Download


Jo Beall was a collaborator for the 'Topic Guide on Fragile States' which also includes contributions from Frederick Golooba Mutebi. The guide was produced by the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (August 2009) and introduces some of the best literature on the causes, characteristics and impact of state fragility and the challenge of aid effectiveness.  Download


Jonathan DiJohn and James Putzel, Political Settlements: Issues Paper, Governance Development Resource Centre (June 2009)
This paper suggests that the concept of "political settlement" can help to understand the condition of a state. Tracing the origins of this use of the concept to historical political economy, the authors argue that every state is based on a political settlement that represents the outcome of contention and bargaining between distinct elites, between elites and non-elites, between social groups and between those who occupy authority within the state and society more widely. It relates political settlements to key dimensions of state-building, looking at institutions, taxation and elite bargains, with appendices on Botswana and Malaysia. The paper concludes by arguing that "The emerging insight that every state is based on an historically specific political settlement provides a route into understanding why very similar sets of formal institutions, like democratic rules or rules governing macroeconomic management or trade liberalisation, or industrial policy, can have extremely divergent outcomes", with important implications for development policy.  Download

Joe Matthews, Frene Ginwala and Laurie Nathan prepared the report: 'Intelligence in a Constitutional Democracy - final report to the Minister for Intelligence Services, the Hon. Mr Ronnie Kasrils, MP' (September 2008)  Download


'Courting Conflict?: justice, peace and the ICC in Africa' (March 2008) Nicholas Waddell and Phil Clark (eds)
This collection stems from a meeting series held in London in March 2007, partly funded by the CSRC. Contributing authors include Tim Allen from the Development Studies Institute at LSE, who is associated with the CSRC programme.


James Putzel (ed), Issue 66 of id21 Insights 'Retaining Legitimacy in Fragile States' (May 2007)   Download


Laurie Nathan 'Local Ownership of Security Sector Reform: a guide for donors' (October 2006)   Download

James Putzel and Joost van der Zwan 'Why Templates for Media Development do not Work in Crisis States', Crisis States Research Centre (May 2007)
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