William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
28 May 2022
6:45 am

A ‘failed state’ is just academic

William Saunderson-Meyer

There are as many definitions of the failed state as there are contesting voices, but the concept boil downs to a few key ideas.

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Some of our fiercest public debates are not over ideology but over perceptions of what is happening around us. The crux issue, which raises ire, denunciations and counter-denunciations, is whether we are a failed state. There are as many definitions of the failed state as there are contesting voices, but the concept boil downs to a few key ideas. The country’s government can’t protect its citizens – neither from criminals within and incursions from across its borders. The institutions that were constitutionally set in place as the structure of governance and service delivery are eroded and corrupted. ALSO READ: A...