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"With empirical detail and theoretical verve, Nina Caspersen explores a perplexing feature of contemporary global politics: the persistence of countries that have achieved de facto sovereignty but lack international recognition. Caspersen provides a rich tour of this neglected aspect of international affairs and shows convincingly why not–quite–countries ought to be of even greater concern to scholars and policy practitioners."
Charles King, Georgetown University
"A fascinating study of an important topic which has not received the attention it deserves. Drawing on significant fieldwork, this book is original, ambitious, and a model of clarity. Caspersen′s focus is contemporary and her scope is global. A contribution to both comparative politics and international relations."
Sumantra Bose, London School of Economics
"A welcome contribution to the literature on sovereignty and statehood. Theoretically informed, historically rich and sensitive to variations among cases, this clear and lively book is particularly strong on the interconnections between internal and external dynamics in the development of statehood without recognition."
Scott Pegg, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis