Global Governance and the New Wars: The Merging of Development and Security

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"This book examines the nature of today's internal and regionalized conflicts, together with the systems of global governance that have emerged in response to them. The widespread commitment among donor governments and aid agencies to conflict resolution and social reconstruction indicates that war is now part of development discourse. The very notion of development, the author argues, has been radicalized in the process, and now requires the direct transformation of Third World societies. This radicalization is closely associated with the
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Overview

"This book examines the nature of today's internal and regionalized conflicts, together with the systems of global governance that have emerged in response to them. The widespread commitment among donor governments and aid agencies to conflict resolution and social reconstruction indicates that war is now part of development discourse. The very notion of development, the author argues, has been radicalized in the process, and now requires the direct transformation of Third World societies. This radicalization is closely associated with the redefinition of security. Because conflict is understood as stemming from a developmental malaise, underdevelopment itself is now seen as a source of instability." "The author argues, however, that transforming the social systems of developing countries is beyond the ability and legitimacy of individual governments in the North. As a result, governments, NGOs, security forces, private companies and UN agencies have all become part of an emerging and complex system of global governance. The aim is to secure stability on the borders of ordered society where the world encounters the violence of the new wars." This book represents contribution to our understanding of modern conflict and the difficulties of effective engagement. Together with practitioners and policymakers seeking a challenging interpretation of their work, the book will be of direct interest to students and scholars in the fields of international security, political economy, political theory and development studies.
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In this study, Duffield (international studies, U. of Leeds) examines contemporary internal and regional conflicts and the systems of global governance that have emerged in response to them. He contends that transforming the social systems of developing countries, while important to international security, is a task beyond the ability and legitimacy of individual governments in the North. Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'Mark Duffield's book is a "must" for anyone grappling with the contemporary nature of war and humanitarianism. Taking us beyond the stilted confines of international policy to the politics of modern violence, the argument exposes the way talk of "complex political emergencies" fails to grasp the fundamental characteristics of "emergent political complexes". Duffield lays bare the failings of aid policy in this regard' - Dr David Campbell, Professor of International Politics and Director, Centre for Transnational Studies, University of Newcastle

'What is needed is to move beyond the idea of war-as-breakdown towards a fundamental rethink about how local elites, ordinary people, and international governments are continuously adapting to war and to global economic change. This breathtaking tour-de-force from one of the leading thinkers in this field points the way forward' - David Keen, author of The Benefits of Famine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780325606
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 3/6/2014
  • Series: Critique. Influence. Change. Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, New Edition, New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,376,999
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mark Duffield is is Professor of Development, Democratization and Conflict in the Institute for Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. Prior to that, he taught at the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies in the School of Public Policy at the University of Birmingham. Trained in both anthropology and political economy, his field experience includes four years as Oxfam's Country Representative in the Sudan during the latter half of the 1980s. His recent work has largely involved war-related emergencies and social reconstruction issues — in which field he has carried out many research and consultancy exercises for UN agencies, donor governments and non-governmental organisations. He is the author of a number of books, including: War and Hunger: Rethinking International Responses to Complex Emergencies (coedited with Joanna Macrae and Anthony Zwi) (London: Zed Books, 1994) Without Troops and Tanks: Humanitarian Intervention in Eritrea and Ethiopia (with John Prendergast) (Trenton NJ: Red Sea Press, 1994) Black Radicalism and the Politics of Deindustrialisation: The Hidden History of Indian Foundry Workers (Aldershot: Gower Publishing Co. Ltd., 1988) Maiurbano: Capitalism and Rural Life in Sudan (London: Ithaca Press, 1981)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction: The New Development - Security Terrain
2 The Merging of Development and Security 22
3 Strategic Complexes and Global Governance 44
4 The New Humanitarianism 75
5 Global Governance and the Causes of Conflict 108
6 The Growth of Transborder Shadow Economies 136
7 Non-Liberal Political Complexes and the New Wars 161
8 Internal Displacement and the New Humanitarianism: Displacement and Complicity in Sudan (Part 1) 202
9 Aid and Social Subjugation: Displacement and Complicty in Sudan (Part 2) 230
10 Conclusion: Global Governance, Moral Responsibility and Complexity: Internal Displacement and the New Humanitarianism 257
Bibliography 266
Index 280
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