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Co-operation, Contestation and Complexity in Peacebuilding

Ansorg, Nadine and Gordon, Eleanor, eds. (2020) Co-operation, Contestation and Complexity in Peacebuilding. Routledge, Abingdon, New York, 142 pp. ISBN 978-0-367-63756-9. E-ISBN 978-1-00-312058-2. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:83084)

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Security Sector Reform (SSR) remains a key feature of peacebuilding interventions and is usually undertaken by a state alongside national and international partners. External actors engaged in SSR tend to follow a normative agenda that often has little regard for the context in post-conflict societies. Despite recurrent criticism, SSR practices of international organisations and bilateral donors often remain focused on state institutions, and often do not sufficiently attend to alternative providers of security or existing normative frameworks of security. This edited collection explores three aspects that add an important piece to the puzzle of what constitutes effective Security Sector Reform (SSR). First, the variation of norm adoption, norm contestation and norm imposition in post-conflict countries that might explain the mixed results in terms of peacebuilding. Second, the multitude of different security actors within and beyond the state which often leads to multiple patterns of co-operation and contestation within reform programmes. Third, how both the multiplicity of and tension between norms and actors further complicate efforts to build peace or, as complexity theory would posit, influence the complex and non-linear social system that is the conflict-affected environment. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Intervention and State building.

Item Type: Edited book
Uncontrolled keywords: SSR, Security sector, peacebuilding, statebuilding
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: [UNSPECIFIED] German Research Foundation
Depositing User: Nadine Ansorg
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2020 13:22 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 10:50 UTC
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