One. Introduction

  1. Alex Jeffrey

Published Online: 2 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118278789.ch1

The Improvised State

The Improvised State

How to Cite

Jeffrey, A. (2012) Introduction, in The Improvised State, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118278789.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2012

Book Series:

  1. RGS-IBG Book Series

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336993

Online ISBN: 9781118278789



  • states, performance and improvisation, methodological implications;
  • Palestinian seat at the General Assembly of the UN, as Palestine's Right;
  • claim to Palestinian statehood, symbolic through “the seat”;
  • states becoming improvised, claims to rule relying on power/capacity;
  • the act of creating a seat, illustrative of power/resources available;
  • states as improvisations, combining performance and resourcefulness;
  • experience of state building in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH);
  • forms of practices focused in international intervention, since GFAP;
  • Campbell's analysis, on ongoing political/spatial consequences of GFAP;
  • BiH as an improvised state, examined, contributing to state theory


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • States, Performance and Improvisation

  • Towards a Political Anthropology of the Bosnian State

  • Critical Geopolitics and Qualitative Research Strategy

  • Structure of the Book