Intervention and State-Building in the Pacific: The Legitimacy of 'Cooperative Intervention' - New Approaches to Conflict Analysis (Hardback)
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Intervention and State-Building in the Pacific: The Legitimacy of 'Cooperative Intervention' - New Approaches to Conflict Analysis (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages
Published: 01/05/2008
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State-building intervention in weak, war-torn or failing states has become a priority for the international community. However, the question of how to legitimately engage in the shaping of national governance remains, at the very least, a vexed one.

This book explores this key issue through a critical examination of a new model of state-building intervention which has recently emerged in relation to the Pacific ‘arc of crisis’. Initiated by the Australian Government in 2003, this ‘cooperative intervention’ doctrine, built on declared principles of partnership and respect for sovereignty, seems to offer a legitimate way to engage in state-building intervention.

Drawing on a group of distinguished Pacific specialists, this book mounts a critique of these claims, showing how international legitimacy does not automatically translate into political legitimacy among those in the affected societies; and how the attempt to legitimise the intervention internationally may actually work against such legitimacy in the recipient state.

These insights will be of value to those interested in public policy studies, international law, development studies and international relations.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719076831
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 549 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This book is of contemporary importance given the ongoing array of constitutional and political crises in these Melanesian countries...""Sinclair Dinnen (Chapter 6) provides excellent insights into the governance of security in Melanesia.""A major contribution of relevance in this book is its critique of the legitimacy of state-building interventions...""... there is much of value in this book for anyone studying interventions and stabilization operations elsewhere in the world. Each author's contribution details the positive and negative implications of the interventions in Melanesia - lessons that can be applied to interventions in other so-called weak and failing states. These lessons are important to policy makers and academics alike. - .

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