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State Formation After Civil War : Local Government in National Peace Transitions (Hardcover) (Derek M.
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State formation after civil war tackles a problem that has challenged the UN system and scholars alike since the end of the Cold War: What kind of phenomenon is a transition from civil war to peace, and how do we `see’ and make sense of it as `a whole,’ as `national’ experience which has a unity and normative significance for a society and not simply as the sum of what international peace builders do?
Mining ideas drawn from the literatures on peacebuilding, state building, state formation, decentralization, development, and federalism, as well as evidence from 19 major peace processes, including a detailed study of the South Africa transition in the 1990s, this book proposes a new heuristic. The author argues that there is a distinct pattern to state formation: People bargain terms for peaceful coexistence despite their conflicts and divisions. More specifically, they bargain over the right to rule, the political-legal rules that organize and validate the exercise of state authority, and how those rules are institutionalized in practice follows a consistent pattern that gives state formation as rule-formation for peace its national character and significance.
This book will be of importance to officials and practitioners working in post-conflict situations, as well as academics and students of comparative constitutional law, peace building and state building.