Richards, R and Smith, R (2015) Playing in the sandbox: statebuilding in the space of non-recognition. Third World Quarterly: Journal of Emerging Areas, 36 (9). ISSN 1360-2241
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For unrecognised states in the international system recognition of sovereign statehood is the ultimate goal. Not being ‘a state’ means being excluded from global networks. However, even in the most basic definitions and criteria for unrecognised states there is a period of relative autonomy accorded due to non-recognition. This is a period when political actors can use isolation to establish the state’s narrative, identity and structure. It is this period that provides the foundations for external interaction. It is in this period that the state is born. This article examines another side to the politics of recognition: the politics of non-recognition. Drawing on the contemporary examples of Somaliland and Kurdistan, the article assesses the benefits as well as the costs of non-recognition.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||unrecognised states; recognition; legitimacy; state building; Somaliland; Kurdistan|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JZ International relations|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations|
|Date Deposited:||01 Oct 2015 08:38|
|Last Modified:||18 Feb 2016 14:26|
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