Political Economy of Statebuilding: Power after peace

Political Economy of Statebuilding: Power after peace

by Mats Berdal
     
 

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This volume examines and evaluates the impact of international statebuilding interventions on the political economy of post-conflict countries over the past 20 years.

While statebuilding today is typically discussed in the context of ‘peacebuilding’ and ‘stabilisation’ operations, the current phase of interest in external interventions to

Overview

This volume examines and evaluates the impact of international statebuilding interventions on the political economy of post-conflict countries over the past 20 years.

While statebuilding today is typically discussed in the context of ‘peacebuilding’ and ‘stabilisation’ operations, the current phase of interest in external interventions to (re)build and strengthen governmental institutions can be traced back to the ‘good governance’ policies of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) in the early 1990s. These sought political changes and improvements in the quality of governance in countries that were subject to, or were seeking support under, IFI-designed structural adjustment programmes.

The focus of this book is specifically on state-building efforts in conflict-affected countries: countries that are emerging, or have recently emerged, from periods of war and violent conflict. The interventions covered in the present volume fall into three broad and overlapping categories:

  • International administrations and transformative occupations (East Timor, Iraq, and Kosovo);
  • Complex peace operations (Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti, and Sudan);
  • Governance and state-building programmes conducted in the context of economic assistance (Georgia and Macedonia).

This book will be of much interest to students of statebuilding, humanitarian intervention, post-conflict reconstruction, political economy, international organisations and IR/Security Studies in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415521574
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Series:
Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Mats Berdal is Professor of Security and Development in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. He is Visiting Professor at The Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College and a Consulting Senior Fellow at the IISS, and author/editor of several books.

Dominik Zaum is Professor of Governance, Conflict and Security at the University of Reading, and a Senior Research Fellow in Conflict and Fragility at the UK Department for International Development (DFID). He is author of several books on peace- and statebuilding.

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