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The failure of peacebuilding in Iraq; the role of consociationalism and political settlements

Dodge, Toby (2020) The failure of peacebuilding in Iraq; the role of consociationalism and political settlements. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. ISSN 1750-2977 (In Press)

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This paper argues that an informal consociational elite bargain was placed at the centre of post-invasion attempts at transition and peacebuilding in Iraq. It is this informal consociationalism that undermined the coherence of the state and delegitimized the political system. The paper critically examines the Consociational and Political Settlement literature. It concludes that Pierre Bourdieu’s approach to competition in the political field provides an analytical framework that identifies the weaknesses in both sets of literature and identifies how the application of a consociational political settlement destabilized Iraq. The paper examines the role played by government formation, the constitution and informal consociationalism in the creation and undermining of the political settlement. It also looks at how different electoral rules helped and hindered the political settlement. It concludes by examining the causes and consequences of the mass anti-systemic protest movements in 2015 and 2019.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2020 11:39
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 08:51

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