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Theorising "small" and "micro" state behaviour using the Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.

Misra, Amalendu (2004) Theorising "small" and "micro" state behaviour using the Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal. Contemporary South Asia, 13 (2). pp. 133-148. ISSN 1469-364X

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine the normative justification of 'small' and 'micro' state behaviour. Whatever theoretical position one assumes in order to examine the issue of small state performance, some pertinent facts appear fairly consistent including their vulnerability to external forces, inability to interact effectively with the outside world, and relative backwardness. Adopting a comparative approach for the consistent elaboration of the analysis, this article concentrates on Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives. Its focused comparison ensures that both the specificities and the generalities are addressed in all three cases. Using the Weberian notion of 'patrimonialism', this study highlights the peculiar 'power politics' that is prevalent in these polities, and shows how it dominates the discourse on democracy. By cross-examining various developmental theories, its also asks whether there is any basis to the axiom that 'small states are generally backward' and destined to remain so. The overwhelming picture that emerges from this investigation highlights the facets of state failure. The paper concludes with an assessment of the place and context of small state in a globalised world.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary South Asia
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 35572
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 24 Jan 2011 13:42
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/35572

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