Handle with care: Fragile states and the determinants of fragility
The international community has grave concerns over the capacity of so-called
‘fragile states’ to effectively deliver services to their people
due to their weak policy and institutional environment.
Author/s: Feeny, Simon, Alberto Posso and Jonathan Regan-Beasley
Date: 2015
Publication: Applied Economics
Full article: Handle with care: Fragile states and the determinants of fragility

This article examines the drivers of state fragility. Findings indicate that democracy, income levels, economic growth, levels of education, country size and natural resource rents are important determinants of fragility. Unlike other studies, findings also suggest that being a Small Island Development State is a primary driver of fragility.