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Human vs. state security: how can security sector reforms contribute to state-building? The case of the Afghan police reform

Weigand, Florian (2013) Human vs. state security: how can security sector reforms contribute to state-building? The case of the Afghan police reform. Working paper series, 13 (13-135). The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The paper analyses how security sector reforms (SSRs) can contribute to statebuilding. It is argued that successful state-building requires an endogenous political process which aims at creating political legitimacy instead of certain ideal type Western state structures. In a conflict-torn society this demands security for citizens – an environment in which they feel safe and protected – allowing them to express their opinion freely and participate in a state-building process. The example of the Afghan police reform illustrates that a state-centric SSR is in danger of delegitimising and destabilising the state. In contrast, a human-centric security approach is more likely to support an endogenous process of building legitimate institutions.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/internationalDevelopment/home...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2015 10:25
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2019 00:55
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62690

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