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The Illusion of Chaos: Why Ungoverned Spaces Aren’t Ungoverned, and Why That Matters

December 9, 2014 in Economics

“Ungoverned spaces”—areas of limited or anomalous government control inside otherwise functional states—are the latest international bogeyman cited by policymakers and academics as threats to the United States and its global interests. A new paper from Jennifer Keister argues that ungoverned spaces are actually not ungoverned, but exist under authorities other than formal states. While policymakers and academics increasingly recognize this fact, Keister argues that the failure to integrate why and how these spaces are differently governed produces problematic policy approaches.

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