Empire in Denial

Empire in Denial : The Politics of State-Building

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This book argues that state-building, as it is currently conceived, does not work. In the 1990s, interventionist policies challenged the rights of individual states to self-governance. Today, non-western states are more likely to be feted by international institutions offering programmes of poverty-reduction, democratisation and good governance. States without the right of self-government will always lack legitimate authority. The international policy agenda focuses on bureaucratic mechanisms, which can only institutionalise divisions between the West and the non-West and are unable to overcome the social and political divisions of post-conflict states. Highlighting the dangers of current policy - including the redefinition of sovereignty, and the subsequent erosion of ties linking power and accountability.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 16mm | 299.38g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745324282
  • 9780745324289
  • 793,800

About David Chandler

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. He has written widely on democracy, human rights and international relations and is also the author of From Kosovo to Kabul: Human Rights and International Intervention (Pluto Press) and Constructing Global Civil Society: Morality and Power in International Relations (2004), editor of Rethinking Human Rights: Critical Approaches to International Politics (2002) and Peace without Politics: Ten Years of State-Building in Bosnia (2005), and co-editor of Global Civil Society: Contested Futures (2005).show more

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'A strong, original critique of the Western ideologies of rule that threaten to destroy democracy in order to save it' -- Robert M. Hayden, University of Pittsburgh 'David Chandler's book is a very important one, with a powerful and convincing thesis' -- Didier Bigo, Professor of International Relations, Sciences-Po (Institut d'Etudes Politiques), Paris 'A provocative and insightful study which raises many important questions about how the international community employs its power and resources' -- Lenard Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia 'A most valuable contribution to the debate on state-and peace-building interventions. It moreover hints at the inadequacy of literature that lumps Western states, intervening agencies and post-conflict societies into one analytical field' -- Alex Veit, Development and Changeshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations 1. Introduction: Empire in Denial 2. State-Building States without Sovereignty 3. The Governance of Government 4. The Ethics of Empire in Denial 5. Denial of the EU's Eastern Empire 6. Denying the Bosnian Protectorate 7. Techniques of Evasion (1) Anti-Corruption Initiatives 8. Techniques of Evasion (2) The Rule of Law 9. Conclusion: Six Theses on Phantom States and Empire in Denial References Indexshow more

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