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Routledge Handbook of International Statebuilding

1st Edition

Edited by David Chandler, Timothy D. Sisk


448 pages

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This new Handbook offers a combination of theoretical, thematic and empirical analyses of the statebuilding regime, written by leading international scholars.

Over the past decade, international statebuilding has become one of the most important and least understood areas of international policy-making. Today, there are around one billion people living in some 50-60 conflict-affected, 'fragile' states, vulnerable to political violence and civil war. The international community grapples with the core challenges and dilemmas of using outside force, aid, and persuasion to build states in the wake of conflict and to prevent such countries from lapsing into devastating violence.

The Routledge Handbook of International Statebuilding is a comprehensive resource for this emerging area in International Relations. The volume is designed to guide the reader through the background and development of international statebuilding as a policy area, as well as exploring in depth significant issues such as security, development, democracy and human rights. Divided into three main parts, this Handbook provides a single-source overview of the key topics in international statebuilding:

Part One: Concepts and Approaches

Part Two: Security, Development and Democracy

Part Three: Policy Implementation

This Handbook will be essential reading for students of statebuilding, humanitarian intervention, peacebuilding, development, war and conflict studies and IR/Security Studies in general.


"Chandler and Sisk’s is not a how-to handbook; rather, it offers a particularly well-informed canvas of contemporary research and practice in the field of statebuilding. The editors’ ambition is to make the handbook an ‘essential reference material for the interdisciplinary field of specialization on statebuilding themes’ (xxiii). This is precisely what they accomplish with this publication. The handbook will become a single-source reference for all those interested in contemporary statebuilding and world affairs: for the inexperienced, it offers an outstanding departure point to understand key themes from the perspective of experienced scholars and practitioners in the field; for the experienced, it is a handy source systematizing a broad, complex and vibrant field of multidisciplinary research and practice in contemporary world politics." -FERNANDO CAVALCANTE, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Table of Contents

Introduction, Timothy D. Sisk and David Chandler Part One: Concepts and Approaches 1. Rethinking Weberian Approaches to Statebuilding, Nicolas Lemay-Hébert 2. Corruption and Statebuilding, Dominik Zaum 3. Gender and Statebuilding, Clare Castillejo 4. Elites and Statebuilding, Jago Salmon and Catherine Anderson 5. Regulatory Statebuilding and the Transformation of the State, Shahar Hameiri 6. Hiding in Plain Sight: The Neglected Dilemma of Nationalism for Statebuilding, Stephen Del Rosso 7. Statebuilding, Civil Society and the Privileging of Difference, David Chandler 8. Hybrid Polities and Post-Conflict Policy, David Roberts 9. History Repeating? Colonial, Socialist and Liberal Statebuilding in Mozambique, Meera Sabaratnam 10. The ‘Failed-State’ Effect: Statebuilding and State Stories from the Congo, Kai Koddenbrock 11. Failed Statebuilding versus Peace Formation, Oliver Richmond Part Two: Security, Development and Democracy 12. United Nations Constitutional Assistance in Statebuilding, Vijaya Sripati 13. United Nations Peacekeeping and the Irony of Statebuilding, Richard Gowan 14. Statebuilding through Security Sector Reform, Heiner Hänggi and Fairlie Chappuis 15. Maintaining the Police-Military Divide in Policing Peace, Bethan K Greener and W. J. Fish 16. Liberia: Security Sector Reform, Morten Bøås and Samantha Gowran Farrier 17. Natural Resource Governance and Hybrid Political Orders, Gilles Carbonnier and Achim Wennman 18. The Political Economy of Statebuilding: Rents, Taxes, and Perpetual Dependency, Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Florian P. Kühn 19. Political Economy of Post-Conflict Statebuilding in Central America, Aaron Schneider 20. Sharing Power to Build States, Anna K. Jarstad 21. Elections and Statebuilding after Civil War: Lurching toward Legitimacy, Timothy D. Sisk Part Three: Policy Implementation 22. Intervention and Statebuilding in Kosovo, Jens Stilhoff Sorensen 23. Bosnia: Building States without Societies? NGOs and Civil Society, Roberto Belloni 24. Iraq: US Approaches to Statebuilding in the Twenty-first Century, David Lake 25. ‘Liberal’ Statebuilding in Afghanistan, Nik Hynek and Péter Marton 26. Statebuilding after Victory: Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Rwanda, Terrence Lyons 27. Post-Statebuilding and the Australian Experience in Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands, Julien Barbara 28. Statebuilding in Palestine: Caught Between Occupation, Realpolitik and the Liberal Peace, Mandy Turner 29. EU Police Missions, Giovanna Bono 30. EU Statebuilding through Good Governance, Wil Hout 31. The Security Council, R2P, and Statebuilding, Tom Weiss 32. Aid and Fragility: The Challenges of Building Peaceful and Effective States, Alina Rocha Menocal

About the Editors

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster. He is a regular media commentator, editor of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding and the general editor of the Routledge book series Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books.

Timothy D. Sisk is Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and International Peace (SDIP), a research and policy institute at the School. He is author or editor of three previous books.

Subject Categories

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