External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation: China, Indonesia, and Thailand, 1893–1952

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This book explores ways foreign intervention and external rivalries can affect the institutionalization of governance in weak states. When sufficiently competitive, foreign rivalries in a weak state can actually foster the political centralization, territoriality and autonomy associated with state sovereignty. This counterintuitive finding comes from studying the collective effects of foreign contestation over a weak state as informed by changes in the expected opportunity cost of intervention for outside actors. When interveners associate high opportunity costs with intervention, they bolster sovereign statehood as a next best alternative to their worst fear - domination of that polity by adversaries. Sovereign statehood develops if foreign actors concurrently and consistently behave this way toward a weak state. This book evaluates that argument against three 'least likely' cases - China, Indonesia and Thailand between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.

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"Chong evaluates interactions among local political groups, governance institutions, external actors, and pressures from international system ... He considers the competition among several powers (e.g., the US, Britain, Russia, Japan, France) as they intervened these fragile states, their rivalry creating conditions favorable for political centralization, territorial exclusivity, and external autonomy, the marks of the sovereign state. The argument Chong makes also applies to fragile states today, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Kosovo."
G. A. McBeath, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Choice

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This book posits that when foreign actors face high opportunity costs of intervention in a weak state, their behavior may foster state sovereignty. Ja Ian Chong augments existing perspectives on nationalism, sovereignty and state formation by introducing insights on foreign intervention and local collaboration.

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