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Local Ownership in International Peacebuilding

Key Theoretical and Practical Issues, 1st Edition

Edited by Sung Yong Lee, Alpaslan Özerdem


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This edited volume empirically examines key theoretical and practical issues relevant to the promotion of local ownership in contemporary international peacebuilding.

This book attempts to provide comprehensive understanding of the issue of local ownership in international peacebuilding. By providing an empirical analysis of nine case studies, the volume aims to supplement contemporary academic discussions on local ownership, which have thus far mainly focused on its normative or theoretical dimensions. The case studies included here examine the peace operations in a wide range of countries - Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Cyprus, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka. The book seeks to address the weaknesses of conventional studies by:,empirical review of the achievements and limitations of previous attempts to promote local ownership; examination of the key concepts of local ownership; and analysis of structural and practical challenges. The volume concludes by presenting practical proposals for addressing the limitations of contemporary local ownership promotion. Through these means, the book aims to explore a key research question from both theoretical and empirical perspectives: How can international peacebuilding facilitate effective, active local community participation?

This volume will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, development studies, global governance, peace and conflict studies, security studies and IR.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Alpaslan Özerdem and SungYong Lee PART I: LOCAL OWNERSHIP: Development and Challenges 2. Local Ownership as a Strategic Guideline for Peacebuilding, Hideaki Shinoda 3. Operationalizing Local Ownership, Timothy Donais 4. Complex Challenges Facing Contemporary Local Ownership Programmes: A Case Study of South Sudan, Alexander Mackenzie-Smith 5. Hybrid Local Ownership in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo: From discursive to Material Aspects of Ownership, Stefanie Kappler and Nicolas Lemay-Hébert PART II: LOCAL OWNERSHIP: PRACTICE 6. The Dilemmas of Local Ownership of Upper-level and Grassroots Peace Processes in Afghanistan, Chuck Thiessen 7. Who Owned the Reconciliation Process in Post-conflict Nicaragua?, Manuela Nilsson 8. Nurturing Local Voice: The UNDP’s Local Empowerment Programmes in Cambodia, Sung Yong Leeand WookBeom Park 9. Ownership of International Peacebuilding Programmes by Local Governance Institutions: Case Study of Gulu District in Northern Uganda, Adolf Norbert Gerstl 10. Challenges to Promoting Local Ownership in Post-war Sri Lanka, Rahmathullah Mohamed 11. Conclusion, Sung Yong Lee and Alpaslan Özerdem

About the Editors

Sung Yong Lee is Lecturer at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Alpaslan Özerdem is Co-Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK. He is author or editor of eight books, including most recently, Turkey and Human Security: Challenges of the 21st Century (Routledge, 2013).

About the Series

Studies in Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding

This series publishes innovative research into the connections between insecurity and under-development in fragile states, and into situations of violence and insecurity more generally. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach to the study of a variety of issues, including the changing nature of contemporary armed violence (conflict), efforts to foster the conditions that prevent the outbreak or recurrence of such violence (development), and strategies to promote peaceful relations on the communal, societal and international level (peacebuilding).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security