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Title: Postconflict peacebuilding, liberal irrelevance and the locus of legitimacy
Authors: Roberts, David
Keywords: Post-conflict peacebuilding
Local legitimacy
Global governance
Popular peace
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: ROBERTS, D., 2011. Postconflict peacebuilding, liberal irrelevance and the locus of legitimacy. International Peacekeeping, 18 (4), pp. 410-424.
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.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Peacekeeping on 30-08-2011, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13533312.2011.588388.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2011.588388
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15353
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13533312.2011.588388
ISSN: 1353-3312
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