Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding


Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding

9781788116220 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Senior Lecturer Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Australia
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78811 622 0 Extent: 368 pp
This innovative Handbook offers a new perspective on the cutting-edge conceptual advances that have shaped – and continue to shape – the field of intervention and statebuilding.

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This innovative Handbook offers a new perspective on the cutting-edge conceptual advances that have shaped – and continue to shape – the field of intervention and statebuilding.

Bringing together leading global scholars, the Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding offers a cross-cutting perspective on a wide array of themes. Chapters cover democracy promotion, transitional justice and humanitarianism, as well as the involvement of drones and cyber technology in conflicts. Employing state-of-the-art perspectives on the most crucial themes, this Handbook explores issues at the heart of contemporary statebuilding.

This Handbook will be critical reading for researchers at all levels in the broad field of international relations and peace and conflict studies. Upper-level students of political science will also benefit from the breadth of topics covered.
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‘Starting from the premise that international statebuilding efforts over the past three decades have relied on flawed theoretical assumptions and failed to achieve many of their objectives, this Handbook is a cornucopia of critical analyses and perspectives. With an emphasis on peace and conflict, it encompasses a wide array of international interventions where statebuilding is a component, like peacebuilding, military intervention, counterinsurgency, security sector reform, civilian protection, transitional justice, development and humanitarian action.’
– Kristoffer Lidén, Journal of Peace Research

‘Nicolas Lemay-Hébert is to be congratulated for producing this critical Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding. It challenges conventional and failed perspectives on state building, nation building and society building. There are more women theorists in this book than men. Their distinctive feminist perspectives challenge outmoded 19th and 20th century masculinist views on the state, state building and nation building. The result is a refreshing, inclusive reframing of state-society relations and a prudential approach to intervention.’
– Kevin P. Clements, University of Otago, New Zealand

‘This excellent Handbook offers a broad ranging and comprehensive critique of the connection between “failed statebuilding”, practices of intervention, and their consequences for the sustainability and legitimacy of international order.’
– Oliver Richmond, University of Manchester, UK
Contributors: C. Baker, P. Bargués-Pedreny, A. Björkdahl, B. Bliesemann de Guevara, V. Boege, D. Chandler, Y. Chilmeran, R. da Silva, S. Dezalay, O. Donovan, L. Elliott, C. Goetze, J. Graef, S. Grimm, S. Hameiri, C. Jacob, S. Kappler, R. Kostić, F.P. Kühn, J.N. Kullenberg, N. Lemay-Hébert, K. Lindskov Jacobsen, P. Lottholz, R. Mac Ginty, M. Martin-Mazé, X. Mathieu, C. Mcloughlin, M. O’Reilly, J. Obradovic-Wochnik, E. Randazzo, R. Read, I. Rocha de Siqueira, F. Scarpello, K. Stoddart, A. Suhrke, J. True, F. Weigand, N. Wilén, L. Wiuff Moe


1 Introduction to the Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding: moving beyond the current orthodoxy 1
Nicolas Lemay-Hébert
2 Intervention and statebuilding beyond the human 10
David Chandler
3 Knowledge, expertise and the politics of intervention and statebuilding 19
Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Roland Kostić
4 Post-conflict reconstruction, the local, and the Indigenous 30
Elisa Randazzo
5 Data in the context of intervention and statebuilding 41
Isabel Rocha de Siqueira
6 The ambiguity of statebuilding 50
Florian P. Kühn
7 International statebuilding interventions and the politics of scale 61
Shahar Hameiri and Fabio Scarpello
8 Intervening in a diverse world: revisiting the ‘problem’ of difference in international statebuilding 71
Pol Bargués-Pedreny and Xavier Mathieu
9 Decolonial ‘interventions’? Potentials and challenges of decolonial perspectives 82
Philipp Lottholz
10 Democracy promotion and statebuilding 93
Sonja Grimm
11 Post-conflict statebuilding as contentious politics 104
Outi Donovan
12 State formation in the context of hybrid political orders 113
Volker Boege
13 The everyday politics of international intervention 124
Janosch Neil Kullenberg
14 Non-state actors, service delivery and statebuilding 137
Claire Mcloughlin
15 Clear, hold, build … a ‘local’ state: counterinsurgency and territorial orders in Somalia 151
Louise Wiuff Moe
16 International political sociology of interventions 161
Médéric Martin-Mazé
17 From international justice and statebuilding to international justice as statebuilding 175
Sara Dezalay
18 Mapping the nexus of transitional justice and peacebuilding 184
Catherine Baker and Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik
19 Civilian protection in the context of interventions 198
Cecilia Jacob
20 The spatial dimensions of statebuilding 210
Annika Björkdahl and Stefanie Kappler
21 The temporal dimension in the study of interventions 220
Róisín Read and Roger Mac Ginty
22 Statebuilding and narrative 231
Josefin Graef and Raquel da Silva
23 Myths and the international politics of intervention and statebuilding 240
Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Catherine Goetze
24 Cyber security: states, development and intervention 249
Kristan Stoddart
25 The plain drone, the armed drone and human security 260
Astri Suhrke
26 New forms of intervention: the case of humanitarian refugee biometrics 270
Katja Lindskov Jacobsen
27 Transnational environmental crime: from securitization to intervention and statebuilding 282
Lorraine Elliott
28 The aid bunker: security risk management in conflict zones 294
Florian Weigand
29 From gendered war to gendered peace? Feminist perspectives on international intervention in sites of conflict 303
Maria O’Reilly
30 Romanticising the locals and the externals? Identifying challenges to a gendered SSR 314
Nina Wilén
31 The political economy of gender and peacebuilding 323
Yasmin Chilmeran and Jacqui True
Index 339
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