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This conslusory chapter sums up the concepts discussed in the book. The chapters in this book illustrate that the absence of effective government cannot be defined in an internal context alone and is not a new phenomenon, despite the attention it has drawn from the international community at the beginning of the 21st century. The 'failed state' paradigm clearly shows how terms used to describe states with ineffective governments originate and how they are transferred from international policy to international law. Although the international community has confronted the absence of effective government for many years, it is impossible to group the phenomenon in all countries under one definition. The book shows that an analysis of the historical and international context is indispensable to examine the absence of effective government.

Keywords: effective government; failed state paradigm; international law



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