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Peacebuilding and NGOs

State-Civil Society Interactions, 1st Edition

By Ryerson Christie


280 pages

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Analysing the relationship between civil society and the state, this book lays bare the assumptions informing peacebuilding practices and demonstrates through empirical research how such practices have led to new dynamics of conflict.

The drive to establish a sustainable liberal peace largely escapes critical examination. When such attention is paid to peacebuilding practices, scholars tend to concentrate either on the military components of the mission or on the liberal economic reforms. This means that the roles of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the impact of attempting to nurture Northern forms of civil society is often overlooked. Focusing on the case of Cambodia, this book seeks to examine the assumptions underlying peacebuilding policies in order to highlight the reliance on a particular, linear reading of European / North American history. The author argues that such policies, in fostering a particular form of civil society, have affected patterns of conflict; dictating when and where politics can occur and who is empowered to participate in such practices. Drawing on interviews with NGO representatives and government representatives, this volume will assert that while the expansion of civil society may resolve some sources of conflict, its introduction has also created new dynamics of contestation.

This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, development studies, S.E. Asian politics, and IR in general.


"One of the most interesting studies on civil society, the role of NGOs, and peacebuilding published recently, it has much to recommend it." - Oliver Richmond, University of Manchester, UK

"In approaching the logic of peacebuilding from the perspective of Critical Security Studies, this book bridges a gap in the literature… This book is recommended for all those studying and working in peacebuilding." - Courtney Hercus, Macquarie University, Australia

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Critical Analysis Of Peacebuilding 3. Critiques Of NGOs In Peacebuilding 4. A Brief History Of Cambodia And Peacebuilding 5. State Intervention In NGOs For Personal Gain 6. Bureaucratic Intervention In NGO Activities 7. Intervention On Identity Issues 8. The Non-Politics Around The Meaning Of Politics 9. Conclusions Annex A – List Of Interviews Annex B – Categorization Of NGOs Interviewed

About the Author

Ryerson Christie is a Lecturer at the University of Bristol, UK. He has a Phd in Politics from York University, Canada.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

The field of peace and conflict research has grown enormously as an academic pursuit in recent years, gaining credibility and relevance amongst policy makers and in the international humanitarian and NGO sector. The Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution series aims to provide an outlet for some of the most significant new work emerging from this academic community, and to establish itself as a leading platform for innovative work at the point where peace and conflict research impacts on International Relations theory and processes.

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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