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Building a peace economy?Liberal peacebuilding and the development-security industry$
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Jenny H. Peterson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087301

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087301.001.0001

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Explaining the dynamics of transformation

Explaining the dynamics of transformation

the nature of the development-security industry

(p.43) 3 Explaining the dynamics of transformation
Building a peace economy?

Jenny H. Peterson

Manchester University Press

In order to move away from a project assessment approach and towards a framework that helps analyse the war economy transformation agenda as a whole, this chapter offers a thorough exploration of the characteristics of the Development-Security Industry (DSI) who are responsible for the creation and implementation of transformation policies across the globe. It discusses the liberal ideological foundations and peacebuilding practices on which the DSI rests. It also considers the dominant and competing conceptual lenses used in terms of how the DSI approaches the problem of war economies, including the rational choice and structural political-economy approach. Finally, the operational features which result from these ideological and conceptual tendencies are discussed. These characteristics of the DSI are presented as a preliminary framework through which policies aimed at transforming war economies can be assessed in a holistic and structured manner.

Keywords:   development-security industry, liberal peacebuilding, rational choice, structural political-economy

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