Perennially Perishable? Development Trends in the Set of De Facto States
De facto states have moved from a periphery to the center of academic attention during the last two decades. The objective of the paper is an identification of characteristic development trends within a set of these non-state territorial political units, and it investigates the relation between the degree of their internal sovereignty and their level of partial international recognition. The quantitative method for assessment of the degree of internal sovereignty is based on a set of seven indicators and an aggregate “indicator of internal sovereignty”. The set of de facto states is composed of 26 entities whose development is analyzed from 2001 to 2018. The results confirmed a relationship between the development of world politics and the development trends within the set of de facto states, a significant influence of partial international recognition on the level of internal sovereignty, and a close relation between security and political indicators of sovereignty.
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