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How Peace Operations Work: Power, Legitimacy, and Effectiveness (Hardback)
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How Peace Operations Work: Power, Legitimacy, and Effectiveness (Hardback)

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Hardback 274 Pages / Published: 12/12/2013
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This book proposes a new approach to studying the effectiveness of peace operations. It asks not whether peace operations work or why, but how: when a peace operation achieves its goals, what causal processes are at work? By discovering how peace operations work, this new approach offers five distinctive contributions. First, it studies peace operations through a local lens, examining their interactions with actors in host societies rather than their genesis in the politics and institutions of the international realm. In doing so, it highlights the centrality of local compliance and cooperation to a peace operation's effectiveness. Second, the book structures a framework for explaining how peace operations can shape the behaviour of local actors in order to obtain greater cooperation. That framework distinguishes three dimensions of a peace operation's power-coercion, inducement, and legitimacy-and illuminates their effects. The third contribution is to highlight the contribution of local legitimacy to a peace operation's effectiveness and identify the means by which an operation can be locally legitimized. Fourth, the new power-legitimacy framework is applied to study two peace operations in depth: the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Finally, the book concludes by examining the implications of this new approach for practice and identifying a set of policy reforms to help peace operations work better. The book argues that peace operations work by influencing the decisions and behaviour of diverse local actors in host societies. Peace operations work better-that is, achieve more of their objectives at lower cost-when they receive high quality local cooperation. It concludes that peace operations are more likely to attain such cooperation when they are perceived locally to be legitimate.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199672189
Number of pages: 274
Weight: 568 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 25 mm


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"Whalan's book is a valuable addition to newer scholarship on peace operations at the local level. Her strong methodological approach combined with rigorous engagement with the theory on power and legitimacy is a welcome addition to the peacekeeping literature." -Global Responsibility to Protect


"In this book, Jeni Whalan has united the literatures on power and legitamacy with the technicalities of peace operations in a novel, significant, and thoroughly convincing manner. (Her) cross-disciplinary analysis provides an excellent typology for understanding the crucially important role of legitimacy in peace operations." --Lise Howard, Georgetown University, Political Science Quarterly




"Whalan's book is a valuable addition to newer scholarship on peace operations at the local level. Her strong methodological approach combined with rigorous engagement with the theory on power and legitimacy is a welcome addition to the peacekeeping literature." -Global Responsibility to Protect


"In this book, Jeni Whalan has united the literatures on power and legitamacy with the technicalities of peace operations in a novel, significant, and thoroughly convincing manner. [Her] cross-disciplinary analysis provides an excellent typology for understanding the crucially important role of legitimacy in peace operations."
--Political Science Quarterly


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