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Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Liberal Irrelevance and the Locus of Legitimacy

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Roberts, David (2011) Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Liberal Irrelevance and the Locus of Legitimacy. International Peacekeeping, 18 (4). pp. 410-424. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Post-conflict peacebuilding is failing, according to both its critics and its advocates. By way of solutions, proponents seek more of the same, whereas opponents argue for a radical shift. Both contain parts of a possible solution to the lack of local legitimacy that stigmatizes interventions, many of which descend into violence within five years and few of which produce democracies. This article advances the idea of a ‘popular peace’ that refocuses liberal institution building upon local, democratically-determined priorities deriving from ‘everyday lives’, in addition to internationally-favoured preferences (such as metropolitan courts and bureaucratic government). This is hypothesized to better confront the prevailing legitimacy lacuna, create social institutions around which a contract can evolve, and generate the foundations upon which durable peacebuilding may grow.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Politics & International Studies
ID Code:19883
Deposited By:Dr David Roberts
Deposited On:09 Sep 2011 14:58
Last Modified:09 Sep 2011 14:58

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