Research 2001-2005

Phase One of the Crisis States Programme (2001-2005)

An Institutional Approach to Studying Crisis and Breakdown"

The aim of the Crisis States Research Centre is to provide new understanding of the causes of crisis and breakdown in the developing world, as well as the processes of avoiding or overcoming them. We want to know why some political systems and communities, in what can be called the ‘fragile states’, found in many of the poor and middle income countries, have broken down even to the point of violent conflict while others have not. Our work asks whether processes of globalisation have precipitated or helped to avoid crisis and social breakdown.

Research Objectives of Phase 1:

(a) To assess how constellations of power at local, national and global levels drive processes of institutional change, collapse and reconstruction and in doing so will challenge simplistic paradigms about the beneficial effects of economic and political liberalisation.

(b) To examine the effects of international interventions promoting democratic reform, human rights and market competition on the 'conflict management capacity' and production and distributional systems of existing politics.

(c) To analyse how communities have responded to crisis, and the incentives and moral frameworks that have led either toward violent of non-violent outcomes.

(d) To examine what kinds of formal and informal institutional arrangements poor communities have constructed to deal with economic survival and local order.

The following links provide access to our Phase 1 research documents and publications:

Phase 1 Research Agenda
Overview of Emergent Themes from Phase 1
Phase 1 Publications

Final Report from Phase One of the Crisis States programme