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By Stephan Leibfried, Michael Zürn

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Basically, failed states are characterized by a lack of governmental authority. A failed state may not even have an operational government. Hence, it can neither enforce internal peace nor assume its international responsibilities. As it is not a sovereign state, humanitarian intervention cannot violate the norm of sovereignty. In the field of military affairs, we are thus witnessing a slow shift from one set of ideas, the sovereignty of intact states and non-intervention in them, to another set, graduated sovereignty of failed states and limited humanitarian intervention in them.

Many observers believe that the world of states is not very far from the Hobbesian state of nature. Although the various schools of thought in international relations arrive at different assessments of its specific extent,4 it is clear that the actual use of force as a means of policy is much more common in international than in domestic politics in the OECD world, and that it is much less constrained by legal norms or democratic constituencies. The monopoly of force has developed into two distinct organizational forms: the military and the police.

A. Hall (2003) Introduction: nation states in history. In T. V. Paul, G. J. Ikenberry and J. A. Hall (Eds) The Nation State in Question (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press): 1-26, p. 15. 46. R. B. Hall and T. J. Bierstecker (Eds) (2002) The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press). 47. G. W. F. Hegel (2003 [about 1800]) Uber die Reichsverfassung, H. Maier and M. Stolleis, Eds. (Munchen: C. H. Beck): 11. 48. D. Held (1995) Democracy and the Global Order.

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