Art of Coercion: The Primitive Accumulation and Management of Coercive Power

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An expert on the Taliban's modern habits and practices, Antonio Giustozzi asserts a controversial point about the role of violence and coercion in state building, which also happens to be relevant to liberal interventionism. Liberal interventionism's dominant discourse dangerously neglects the role of coercion and the monopoly of violence in the countries it purports to aid. Many scholars assume that a functional liberal state can emerge from a settlement between warring parties, especially if the agreement is ...

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An expert on the Taliban's modern habits and practices, Antonio Giustozzi asserts a controversial point about the role of violence and coercion in state building, which also happens to be relevant to liberal interventionism. Liberal interventionism's dominant discourse dangerously neglects the role of coercion and the monopoly of violence in the countries it purports to aid. Many scholars assume that a functional liberal state can emerge from a settlement between warring parties, especially if the agreement is characterized by political inclusiveness and a social contract. Yet similar post—Cold War deals have exposed the fallacy of such logic.

Giustozzi contends that a key flaw lies in the confusion over the specifics of state formation and state building. In his view, completely different "rules of the game" apply in each scenario. Naked coercion is a key component of state formation, and very few states have been formed without recourse to it. In contrast, the history of state consolidation after initial formation reflects a taming of violence and a sophisticated method of managing it.

The Art of Coercion introduces a new framework for analyzing the role of security in its broadest sense, particularly its place in state formation and state building. While focusing largely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century examples, Giustozzi discusses instances of coercive power throughout history, ranging from its use in the Carolingian empire to South Africa's Boer War, and from China's Warring States period to Emiliano Zapata's Mexican Revolution. He scrutinizes the role of armies, guerilla bands, mercenaries, police forces, and intelligence services, exploring why some coups fail while others succeed and how the monopoly of violence decays over time.

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"Giustozzi has written another terrific book. He places coercion and violence within the framework of the state-building literature and engages the critical issue of the monopoly of violence head on. His discussions of elite bargaining and its relations to coercion in civil war and internal crises, the role of political policing, the political micromanagement of population control, and the origins and development of policing are all full of original insights and thought-provoking arguments. Moreover, Giustozzi's mastery of history--unusual among most social scientists--shines through as he illustrates his contentions with wonderfully apt examples from the past. This book is a major contribution to the field of security studies and, just as importantly, will be a joy to read even for those who may lack the specialist's fascination with the topic."--Zoltan Barany, Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Professor of Government, University of Texas

"A superb addition to the literature: erudite, wide-ranging in its historical examples, and neatly structured. Its arguments about the typically ruthless 'primitive accumulation of a monopoly of violence' and the institutional and political challenges of this and of maintaining a monopoly once achieved, are of more than merely scholarly appeal. The evidence and argument have profoundly challenging implications for all those involved in interventions to 'build stability overseas' or interested in conflict prevention and state building."--Christopher Cramer, Professor of the Political Economy of Development, SOAS

Zoltan Barany

Antonio Giustozzi has written another terrific book. He places coercion and violence within the framework of state-building literature and engages the critical issue of the monopoly of violence head on. His discussions of elite bargaining and its relationship to coercion in civil wars and internal crises, the role of political policing, the political micromanagement of population control, and the origins and development of policing are full of original insights and thought-provoking arguments. Moreover, Giustozzi's mastery of history -- unusual among most social scientists -- shines through as he illustrates his contentions with wonderfully apt examples from the past. This book is a major contribution to the field of security studies and, just as important, is a joy to read even for those who lack a specialist's fascination with the topic.

Christopher Cramer

The Art of Coercion is a superb addition to the literature: erudite, wide-ranging in its historical examples, and neatly structured. Its arguments about the typically ruthless 'primitive accumulation of a monopoly of violence' and the institutional and political challenges of this and of maintaining a monopoly once achieved will appeal to more than scholars. The evidence and arguments have profoundly challenging implications for all those involved in interventions to 'build stability overseas,' as well as those interested in conflict prevention and state building.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199327416
  • Publisher: An Oxford University Press Publication
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Antonio Giustozzi is an associate at the Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics. His two most recent books, both published by Columbia University Press, are Empires of Mud: Wars and Warlordism in Afghanistan and Decoding the New Taliban: Insights from the Afghan Field.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Ruthlessness of State Formation
2. Maintaining the Monopoly: The Risk of Disloyalty
3. Maintaining the Monopoly: When Ruthlessness is Still Needed
4. Maintaining the Monopoly: The Role of Political Policing
5. Maintaining the Monopoly: The Political Micromanagement of Population Control
6. External Intervention and the Monopoly: Kicking Away the
Ladder?
7. Beyond the Monopoly: Origins and Development of Policing
Conclusion

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