Failed Statebuilding: Intervention, the state, and the dynamics of peace formation

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Western struggles — and failures — to create functioning states in countries such as Iraq or Afghanistan have inspired questions about whether statebuilding projects are at all viable, or whether they make the lives of their intended beneficiaries better or worse. This book asks why statebuilding has been so hard to achieve, and argues that a large part of the problem has been Westerners' failure to understand or engage with what local people actually want and need. It interrogates the liberal peacebuilding industry, asking what it assumes, what it is getting wrong, and how it could be more effective.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew Haven
PublisherYale University Press
Number of pages296
ISBN (Electronic)9780300210132
ISBN (Print)9780300175318
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2014


  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • statebuilding
  • local people
  • peacebuilding industry

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities


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