Saturday, 4 December 1999

From "The emergence of the governance agenda: sovereignty, neo-liberal bias and the politics of international development"

By Rob Jenkins (in the Companion to development studies, p. 486).

In assessing the sovereignty implications at this level of external intervention, it is worth taking note of Hirst's observation that sovereignty consists both of states' ability to make decisions independently of external authorities and their capacity actually to govern -- that is, to effect at least a respectiable percentage of intended outcomes. This latter dimension of sovereignty had long been lacking in many countries that attained "independence" in the great wave of decolonization from 1945-1975.

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