Empire in Denial: The Politics of State-Building
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Empire in Denial: The Politics of State-Building

by David Chandler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745324282

ISBN-13: 9780745324289

Pub. Date: 08/21/2006

Publisher: Pluto Press

David Chandler argues that state-building, as it is currently conceived, does not work. In the 1990s, interventionist policies challenged the rights of individual states to self-governance. Today, non-Western states are more likely to be feted by international institutions offering programmes of poverty-reduction, democratisation and good governance. States without

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David Chandler argues that state-building, as it is currently conceived, does not work. In the 1990s, interventionist policies challenged the rights of individual states to self-governance. Today, non-Western states are more likely to be feted by international institutions offering programmes of poverty-reduction, democratisation and good governance. States without the right of self-government will always lack legitimate authority. The international policy agenda focuses on bureaucratic mechanisms, which can only instutiutionalise divisions between the West and the non-West and are unable to overcome the social and political divisions of post-conflict states. Highlighting the dangers of current policy -- including the redefinition of sovereignty, and the subsquent erosion of ties linking power and accountability -- David Chandler offers a critical look at state-building that will be of interest to all students of international affairs.Praise for From Kosovo to Kabul and Beyond:'A fine book.' Edward S. Herman 'Anyone concerned with world events should read this book.' Global Dialogue

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ISBN-13:
9780745324289
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
08/21/2006
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.32(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
List of Abbreviations     xi
Introduction: Empire in Denial     1
State-building States without Sovereignty     26
The Governance of Government     48
The Ethics of Empire in Denial     71
Denial of the EU's Eastern Empire     96
Denying the Bosnian Protectorate     123
Techniques of Evasion (1) Anti-corruption Initiatives     143
Techniques of Evasion (2) The Rule of Law     166
Conclusion: Six Theses on Phantom States and Empire in Denial     189
References     195
Index     216

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