Making or Breaking Kosovo: Applications of Dispersed State Control

  title={Making or Breaking Kosovo: Applications of Dispersed State Control},
  author={Sherrill Stroschein},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={655 - 674}
  • S. Stroschein
  • Published 13 November 2008
  • Sociology
  • Perspectives on Politics
In this article, I make a case for a dispersed state control model as an alternative to the territorial and hierarchical principles of the Weberian state. Rather than allocating governance powers in terms of territory, dispersed state controls are based on a functional principle, in which governance is allocated to various subunits by issue area or function. This examination is informed by recent debates in international relations theory on contractual and imperial network models of control, as… 
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