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Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding

Edited by Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Senior Lecturer,Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Australia
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.
Extent: c 416 pp
Hardback Price: $255.00 Web: $229.50
Publication Date: December 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 622 0
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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.
‘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 include: 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. Kullenberg, N. Lemay-Hébert, K. Lindskov Jacobsen, P. Lottholz, R. Mac Ginty, M. Martin-Mazé, X. Mathieu, C. Mcloughlin, J. Obradovic-Wochnik, M. O’Reilly, E. Randazzo, R. Read, I. Rocha de Siqueira, F. Scarpello, K. Stoddart, A. Suhrke, J. True, F. Weigand, N. Wilén, L. Wiuff Moe


1. Connecting statebuilding and intervention: Moving beyond the current orthodoxy
Nicolas Lemay-Hébert

2. Intervention and statebuilding beyond the human
David Chandler

3. Knowledge, expertise and the politics of intervention and statebuilding
Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Roland Kostić

4. Post-conflict reconstruction, the local, and the indigenous
Elisa Randazzo

5. Data in the context of intervention and statebuilding
Isabel Rocha de Siqueira

6. The ambiguity of statebuilding
Florian P. Kühn

7. International statebuilding interventions and the politics of scale
Shahar Hameiri and Fabio Scarpello

8. Intervening in a diverse world: Revisiting the ‘problem’ of difference in international statebuilding
Pol Bargués-Pedreny and Xavier Mathieu

9. Decolonial ‘interventions’? Potentials and challenges of decolonial perspectives
Philipp Lottholz

10. Democracy promotion and statebuilding
Sonja Grimm

11. Post-conflict statebuilding as contentious politics
Outi Donovan

12. State formation in the context of hybrid political orders
Volker Boege

13. The everyday politics of international intervention
Janosch Kullenberg

14. Non-state actors, service delivery and statebuilding
Claire Mcloughlin

15. Clear, hold, build … a ‘local’ state: Counterinsurgency and territorial orders in Somalia
Louise Wiuff Moe

16. International political sociology of interventions
Médéric Martin-Mazé

17. From international justice and statebuilding to international justice as statebuilding
Sara Dezalay

18. Mapping the nexus of transitional justice and peacebuilding
Catherine Baker and Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

19. Civilian protection in the context of interventions
Cecilia Jacob

20. The spatial dimensions of statebuilding
Annika Björkdahl and Stefanie Kappler

21. The temporal dimension in the study of interventions
Róisín Read and Roger Mac Ginty

22. Statebuilding and narrative
Josefin Graef and Raquel da Silva

23. Myths and the international politics of intervention and statebuilding
Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Catherine Goetze

24. Cyber security: States, development and intervention
Kristan Stoddart

25. The plain drone, the armed drone and human security
Astri Suhrke

26. New forms of intervention: The case of humanitarian refugee biometrics
Katja Lindskov Jacobsen

27. Transnational environmental crime: From securitization to intervention and statebuilding
Lorraine Elliott

28. The aid bunker: Security risk management in conflict zones
Florian Weigand

29. From gendered war to gendered peace? Feminist perspectives on international intervention in sites of conflict
Maria O’Reilly

30. Romanticising the locals and the externals? Identifying challenges to a gendered SSR
Nina Wilén

31. The political economy of gender and peacebuilding
Yasmin Chilmeran and Jacqui True