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Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding


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The series publishes monographs and edited collections analysing a wide range of policy interventions associated with statebuilding. It asks broader questions about the dynamics, purposes and goals of this interventionist framework and assesses the impact of externally-guided policy-making.

Advisory Board: Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Aberystwyth University; Morten Boas, NUPI; Adam Branch, San Diego State University; David Chandler, University of Westminster; Adrian Gallagher, University of Leeds; Luke Glanville, Australian National University; Shahar Hameiri, Murdoch University; John Heathershaw, University of Exeter; Eric Heinze, University of Oklahoma; Robert Murray, University of Alberta; Lee P. M. Seymour, University of Amsterdam; Timea Spitka, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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International Peacebuilding and Local Involvement: A Liberal Renaissance?

International Peacebuilding and Local Involvement: A Liberal Renaissance?

1st Edition

Dahlia Simangan
January 29, 2019

This book interrogates the common perception that liberal peace is in crisis and explores the question: can the local turn save liberal peacebuilding? Presenting a case for a liberal renaissance in peacebuilding, the work interrogates the assumptions behind the popular perception that liberal...

New Agendas in Statebuilding: Hybridity, Contingency and History

New Agendas in Statebuilding: Hybridity, Contingency and History

1st Edition

Robert Egnell, Peter Haldén
August 10, 2018

This volume connects the study of statebuilding to broader aspects of social theory and the historical study of the state, bringing forth new questions and starting-points, both academically and practically, for the field. Building states has become a highly prioritized issue in international...

Deferring Peace in International Statebuilding: Difference, Resilience and Critique

Deferring Peace in International Statebuilding: Difference, Resilience and Critique

1st Edition

Pol Bargués-Pedreny
May 31, 2018

This book explores the last 25 years of international peacebuilding and recasts them as a growing crisis of confidence in universal ideas of peacebuilding and self-government. Since current peacebuilding interventions are abandoning domineering, top-down and linear methodologies, and experimenting...

Statebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa: The Aftermath of Regime Change

Statebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa: The Aftermath of Regime Change

1st Edition

Irene Costantini
April 05, 2018

This book examines the regime changes in Iraq and Libya to unravel the complexity of statebuilding in countries emerging from authoritarianism and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Framed in a comparative study of post-2003 Iraq and post-2011 Libya, the book examines...

Peace Figuration after International Intervention: Intentions, Events and Consequences of Liberal Peacebuilding

Peace Figuration after International Intervention: Intentions, Events and Consequences of Liberal Peacebuilding

1st Edition

Gëzim Visoka
February 12, 2018

This book examines the adverse impacts of liberal peacebuilding in conflict-affected societies. It introduces ‘peace figuration’ as a new analytical framework for studying the intentionality, performativity, and consequences of liberal peacebuilding. The work challenges current theories and views...

The Practice of Humanitarian Intervention: Aid workers, Agencies and Institutions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Practice of Humanitarian Intervention: Aid workers, Agencies and Institutions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

1st Edition

Kai Koddenbrock
December 13, 2017

This book examines the practices in Western and local spheres of humanitarian intervention, and shows how the divide between these spheres helps to perpetuate Western involvement. Using the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a case study – an object of Western intervention since colonial times –&...

Local Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Pathways to Local Compliance with International Police Reform

Local Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Pathways to Local Compliance with International Police Reform

1st Edition

Birte Julia Gippert
August 24, 2017

This book analyses the role of legitimacy in explaining local actors’ compliance with international peacebuilding operations. The book provides a comparative, micro-level study of local actors’ reasons for compliance with or resistance to international peacebuilding. Specifically, it analyses three...

The Politics of International Intervention: The Tyranny of Peace

The Politics of International Intervention: The Tyranny of Peace

1st Edition

Mandy Turner, Florian P. Kühn
June 30, 2017

This book critically explores the practices of peacebuilding, and the politics of the communities experiencing intervention. The contributions to this volume have a dual focus. First, they analyse the practices of western intervention and peacebuilding, and the prejudices and politics that drive...

The International Community and Statebuilding: Getting Its Act Together?

The International Community and Statebuilding: Getting Its Act Together?

1st Edition

Patrice McMahon, Jon Western
June 16, 2017

This book brings together policymakers and academics to analyse the international community’s performance in post-war statebuilding projects. In the past twenty years, statebuilding has emerged as a centerpiece of international efforts to stabilize violent conflicts. From the Balkans, to Iraq, to...

Beyond Liberal Peacebuilding: A Critical Exploration of the Local Turn

Beyond Liberal Peacebuilding: A Critical Exploration of the Local Turn

1st Edition

Elisa Randazzo
June 02, 2017

This book examines the logic behind the shifts and paradigm changes within the scholarship on peacebuilding. In particular, the book is concerned with examining if, and how, these shifts have significantly altered how we think about peacebuilding beyond the ‘liberal peacebuilding’ paradigm. To do...

Rethinking Neo-Institutional Statebuilding: The Knowledge Paradox of International Intervention

Rethinking Neo-Institutional Statebuilding: The Knowledge Paradox of International Intervention

1st Edition

Peter Finkenbusch
May 15, 2017

This book examines how neo-institutional statebuilding undercuts international policy agency. Post-Cold War interventions are marked by a peculiar paradox. From peace and statebuilding projects in war-shattered societies to World Bank development programmes in Africa, the scope of external...

Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century

Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century

1st Edition

Aidan Hehir, Robert W. Murray
April 11, 2017

This book contributes to current debates on the protection of human rights in the 21st century. With the global economic collapse, the rise of the BRICS, the post-intervention chaos in Libya, the migration crisis in Europe, and the regional conflagration sparked by the conflict in Syria,...

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