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Peacebuilding and Local Ownership

Post-Conflict Consensus-Building, 1st Edition

By Timothy Donais


192 pages

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This book explores the meaning of local ownership in peacebuilding and examines the ways in which it has been, and could be, operationalized in post-conflict environments.

In the context of post-conflict peacebuilding, the idea of local ownership is based upon the premise that no peace process is sustainable in the absence of a meaningful degree of local involvement. Despite growing recognition of the importance of local ownership, however, relatively little attention has been paid to specifying what precisely the concept means or how it might be implemented.

This volume contributes to the ongoing debate on the future of liberal peacebuilding through a critical investigation of the notion of local ownership, and challenges conventional assumptions about who the relevant locals are and what they are expected to own. Drawing on case studies from Bosnia, Afghanistan and Haiti, the text argues that local ownership can only be fostered through a long-term consensus-building process, which involves all levels of the conflict-affected society.

This book will be of great interest to students of peacebuilding, peace and conflict studies, development studies, security studies and IR.

Table of Contents

1. Making Sense of Local Ownership in Peacebuilding Contexts 2. The Liberal Peace and the Ownership Question 3. Elite Ownership: Elections and Beyond 4. Civil Society as Societal Ownership 5. Bosnia: Ownership through Imposition? 6. Afghanistan: Peacebuilding, Political Culture, and the Limits of Social Engineering 7. Haiti: Ownership and the Political Economy of Peacebuilding 8. Conclusion: Towards Peacebuilding as Consensus-Building

About the Author

Timothy Donais is Associate Professor of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. His current research focuses on post-conflict peacebuilding. He is the author of The Political Economy of Peacebuilding in Post-Dayton Bosnia (Routledge, 2005) and, more recently, the editor of Local Ownership and Security Sector Reform (Lit Verlag, 2008).

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 / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General