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State-building, nation-building and reconstruction

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna, Kostovicova, Denisa ORCID: 0000-0002-6243-4379 and Rampton, David (2014) State-building, nation-building and reconstruction. In: Kaldor, Mary and Rangelov, Iavor, (eds.) The Handbook of Global Security Policy. Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, MA, USA, pp. 265-281. ISBN 9780470673225

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This chapter explores a new kind of interventionism in the post-Cold War era and challenges faced by global actors in the reconstruction of domestic political authority in the aftermath of conflict. The chapter reflects on the meanings and implications of different facets of comprehensive external involvement in state-building, nation-building and reconstruction, before addressing the theoretical framings of international intervention in terms of (post)liberal peace and its critique. What follows is a review and discussion of dilemmas and contradictions inherent in the outsiders’ project to pursue liberal peace-based interventions by focusing on: sovereignty, legitimacy, ownership and accountability. The chapter turns to hybridity as an alternative conceptualisation of international peacebuilding and concludes with the policy implications on rethinking wholesale reconstruction of state and society by external actors.

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Additional Information: © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Divisions: International Development
European Institute
Conflict and Civil Society
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 16:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 23:05

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