This volume examines and evaluates the impact of international statebuilding interventions on the political economy of conflict-affected countries over the past 20 years. It focuses on countries that are emerging, or have recently emerged, from periods of war and protracted conflict. The interventions covered fall into three broad categories:

  • international administrations and transformative occupations (East Timor, Iraq, and Kosovo);
  • complex peace operations (Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti, and Sudan);
  • governance and statebuilding programmes conducted in the context of economic assistance (Georgia and Macedonia).

This book will be of interest to students of statebuilding, humanitarian intervention, post-conflict reconstruction, political economy, international organisations and IR/Security Studies in general.

chapter |14 pages

Power after peace

part |94 pages

A political economy perspective on selected statebuilding practices

chapter |15 pages

Transition from war to peace

Stratification, inequality and post-war economic reconstruction 1

chapter |16 pages

Private and public interests

Informal actors, informal influence, and economic order after war

chapter |15 pages

Statebuilding and corruption

A political economy perspective

part |80 pages

Approaches to statebuilding

part |153 pages

Case studies

chapter |18 pages

Back to the future

The failure to reform the post-war political economy of Iraq

chapter |21 pages

Building a state and ‘statebuilding'

East Timor and the UN, 1999–2012

chapter |17 pages

From new dawn to quicksand

The political economy of statebuilding in Afghanistan

chapter |13 pages

The political economy of statebuilding in Haiti

Informal resistance to security-first statebuilding

chapter |18 pages

How the EU and the US stopped a war and nobody noticed

The containment of the Macedonian conflict and EU soft power