1st Edition

Peacebuilding in Crisis Rethinking Paradigms and Practices of Transnational Cooperation

Edited By Tobias Debiel, Thomas Held, Ulrich Schneckener Copyright 2016
    276 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    276 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The 1990s saw a constant increase in international peace missions, predominantly led by the United Nations, whose mandates were more and more extended to implement societal and political transformations in post-conflict societies. However, in many cases these missions did not meet the high expectations and did not acquire a sufficient legitimacy on the local level. Written by leading experts in the field, this edited volume brings together ‘liberal’ and ‘post-liberal’ approaches to peacebuilding. Besides challenging dominant peacebuilding paradigms, the book scrutinizes how far key concepts of post-liberal peacebuilding offer sound categories and new perspectives to reframe peacebuilding research. It thus moves beyond the ‘liberal’–‘post-liberal’ divide and systematically integrates further perspectives, paving the way for a new era in peacebuilding research which is theory-guided, but also substantiated in the empirical analysis of peacebuilding practices.

    This book will be essential reading for postgraduate students and scholar-practitioners working in the field of peacebuilding. By embedding the subject area into different research perspectives, the book will also be relevant for scholars who come from related backgrounds, such as democracy promotion, transitional justice, statebuilding, conflict and development research and international relations in general.

    Preface Tobias Debiel, Thomas Held and Ulrich Schneckener  1. Peacebuilding in Crisis? Debating peacebuilding paradigms and practices Ulrich Schneckener Part 1 Reflecting Peacebuilding Paradigms  2. Peacebuilding and Paternalism Michael Barnett 3. The Future of Peacebuilding David Chandler  4. Relational Peacebuilding: Promise beyond crisis Morgan Brigg Part 2 Revisiting Peacebuilding Practices 5. Peacebuilding and Democracy Promotion: What current challenges to the latter might tell us for rethinking the former Jonas Wolff 6. Adapted instead of Imported: Peacebuilding by power-sharing Andreas Mehler 7. Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in Research and Practice: Achievements and shortcomings Martina Fischer 8. Truth Commissions, Human Rights and Gender: Normative changes in transitional moments Susanne Buckley-Zistel 9. Reforming the Security Sector and Rule of Law: The hidden transcripts of local resistance Keith Krause 10. Corporate Peace: Crisis in economic peacebuilding Michael Pugh Part 3 Rethinking Promises and Pitfalls of ‘the Local’ 11. What do we mean when we use the term ‘local’? Imagining and framing the local and the international in relation to peace and order Roger Mac Ginty 12. Understanding the "local" in Peacebuilding: Conceptual discourses and empirical realities Thania Paffenholz 13. False Promise: ‘Local ownership’ and the denial of self-government Pol Bargués-Pedreny 14. Rethinking the Local in Peacebuilding: Moving away from the liberal/post-liberal divide Tobias Debiel and Patricia Rinck


    Tobias Debiel is Professor for International Relations and Development Policy, at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where he is the Director of the Institute for Development and Peace as well as Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Germany.

    Thomas Held is the Managing Director, German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF) which was founded in 2000 to strengthen peace research in Germany.

    Ulrich Schneckener is Professor of International Relations and Peace & Conflict Studies,University of Osnabrück, and Director of the University’s Center for Democracy and Peace Research as well as Member of the Governing Board of the German Foundation for Peace Research, Germany.

    [Peacebuilding in Crisis: Rethinking paradigms and process of transnational cooperation] provides a detailed and precise overview of the abundance of literature which has mostly been published in the Anglo-Saxon region. ... The strength of the publication lies in its critical analysis. It presents the current status of academic discussion in a persuasive way. ... Not only the practice of peacekeeping, but also the academic debate depicts the challenges and shortcomings of international commitment to cope with crises and conflicts. This contribution is undoubtedly vital and makes the publication well worth reading. - Translated from the German, W&F Wissenschaft und Frieden, 3/16, 55-56