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Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies

Franchised States and the Bureaucracy of Peace

Authors: Schia, Niels Nagelhus

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  • Examines how peacebuilding has been turned into a series of management processes and the implications this has for the state
  • Offers a fresh approach through looking at policy processes from the perspectives of both UN HQ and the case study country, Liberia
  • Addresses an important gap in the literature – the gap between the operational and policymaking levels of statebuilding and peacebuilding
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This book examines a new type of state formation evoked by the rise of transnational rule, what Schia calls franchised states. Drawing on anthropological studying-through fieldwork within the UN organization, he demonstrates how peacebuilding activities turned Liberia into an object of governing, whereby the UN, in seeking to build the state, also became the state. The sovereign state of Liberia here emerges as a franchise rather than a self-contained entity. Two implications follow: First, that international peacebuilding turns post-conflict countries into clients of the international community. Second, that “sovereignty” is no longer exclusively associated with the state: it is organized in and through specific practices of governing where a state actor is only one among a range of actors. With these findings, the book moves beyond previous work on peacebuilding by focusing on the unbundling of sovereignty. It contributes to the literature on the changing forms of sovereignty by showing the specific ways in which sovereignty is organized, packaged and enacted, often by actors working under international auspices.

This book will be of interest to practitioners and students interested in international organizations, international relations, the study of international practices, UN, and peacebuilding.

About the authors

Niels Nagelhus Schia is Senior Research Fellow at NUPI, Oslo, Norway. He is a Fulbright scholar and a former fellow of the NSSR, New York. Dr. Schia’s research focuses on international organizations and international practices.

Reviews

“‘Franchised States and the Bureaucracy of Peace’ is a very good example of how anthropology can be used to understand large multilateral and supranational processes, by breaking it down into constituents to look at the connections/disconnections of policies exercised at different levels of government. … It should therefore be of interest to a broad field of reading and not only to anthropologists. Hopefully, it will also be read for increased self-reflection of ‘practitioners’ in the international community and the aid industry. The book is recommended!” (Translated from Norwegian, Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift, Vol. 29 (3-4), 2018)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65568-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Franchised States and the Bureaucracy of Peace
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65569-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65569-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65568-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88057-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 274
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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