Interim Governments: Institutional Bridges to Peace and Democracy?

Interim Governments: Institutional Bridges to Peace and Democracy?


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This edited volume by Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo explores various aspects of the newly emerging range of interim regimes, focusing on issues of legitimacy, conflict management, and the increasing participation of the international community in transitions from war to peace. Through a set of theoretical and case-study chapters, they and the volume's contributing authors ask and answer key questions: What sorts of interim governments are in use around the world today, and how do they affect the quality of regime that results once the interim period has ended? How does international involvement in societies emerging from conflict affect the balance of power among domestic elites? How does the type of interim regime affect the nature of the posttransition government? Is democracy always the outcome?

Timely, insightful, and compelling, Interim Governments provides important insights in a world where terms such as "regime change" and "nation building" have become common currency, and it will be a valuable tool for practitioners and academics alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601270177
Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Karen Guttieri is a faculty member of the Naval Postgraduate School, engaged in research and education initiatives on globalization, stability operations, and conflict prevention with the Cebrowski Institute for Innovation.

Jessica Piombo is an Assistant Professor and Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and a research associate at Stanford's Center for African Studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Richard H. Solomon     xi
Theoretical Considerations
Issues and Debates in Transitional Rule   Karen Guttieri   Jessica Piombo     3
Knocking on Heaven's Door: Meeting Social Expectations in Post-conflict Transitions   Antonio Donini     35
Interim Governments and the Construction of Political Elites   Carrie Manning     53
Executive Power-sharing Systems: Conflict Management or Conflict Escalation?   Donald Rothchild     73
Must They Go through Hobbes? The Revolutionary Provisional Government Model and Political Challenge in Externally Imposed Regimes   Andrew J. Enterline   J. Michael Greig     95
Case Studies
Multiple Transitions and Interim Governance in El Salvador and Guatemala   William D. Stanley     123
Inchoate Opposition, Divided Incumbents: Muddling toward Democracy in Indonesia, 1998-99   Michael S. Malley     147
Transitional Governance in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo   Devon Curtis     171
Interim Government in Liberia: Peace Building toward the Status Quo   E. Philip Morgan     195
International Interim Governments, Democratization, and Post-conflict Peace Building: Lessons from Cambodia and East Timor   Aurel Croissant     217
State Buildingbefore Statehood: Kosovo's Evolution from an Interim Polity to "Conditional Independence"   Lenard J. Cohen     239
Interim Notions of Statehood in Bosnia-Herzegovina: A Permanent Transition?   Mark Baskin     263
Afghanistan's Post-Taliban Transition: State Building after War   Thomas H. Johnson     287
Is This Any Way to Run an Occupation? Legitimacy, Governance, and Security in Post-conflict Iraq   Christina Caan   Beth Cole   Paul Hughes   Daniel P. Serwer     319
Conclusions and Policy Implications: Yes, It Makes a Difference   Daniel P. Serwer     347
Acknowledgments     355
Contributors     357
Index     365

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