The peculiarities of functioning of unrecognized states

  • O. M. Telenko Ivan Franko national university of Lviv
Keywords: unrecognized states, international recognition, sovereignty, democracy, cooperation, international organ izations, diplomatic relations


The article deals with the peculiarities of functioning of modern unrecognized states. Main characteristics which states should have are shown. There are different views of scholars on the opportunities of unrecognized states on the international arena. It is difficult for the states to develop under the conditions of limited recognition. Primarily they rely on humanitarian aid of international community. The relationships of unrecognized states with other states develop spontaneously. Most unrecognized and partly recognized states have a weak economy. The reasons for this are: ineffective state governance, shadow economy, small investment as a result of distrust of foreign business-structures, ruin of territory and infrastructure as a result of war. Anyway the population of most unrecognized states supports secession. It can be attained with the help of propaganda and creation the image of enemy in the face of mother state. The level of democracy in unrecognized states varies and democratic institutes and procedures may have just formal character. Foreign patrons have a strong influence on vital activities of unrecognized states. They forward the economic development of unrecognized states, establish different investment projects, become a market for their products. The patron states help those tiny entities with army as unrecognized states are very important for them from geopolitical point of view. 

Author Biography

O. M. Telenko, Ivan Franko national university of Lviv
PhD in political science, associate professor


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How to Cite
Telenko, O. (2015). The peculiarities of functioning of unrecognized states. Grani, 19(1), 66-70.