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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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Strengthening the rule of law

Strengthening the rule of law

managing the criminal facets of war economies

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(p.85) 5 Strengthening the rule of law
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Building a peace economy?
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Jenny H. Peterson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087301.003.0005

This chapter explores the use of ‘rule of law’ reforms in attempts to transform war economies. Case study evidence from Kosovo shows that the criminality discourse often associated with war economies legitimises the use of strong control mechanisms by the DSI, particularly in the security and justice sectors. This is generally accompanied by a focus on stability over justice and a depoliticised approach to peacebuilding with fails to take into account and incorporate political context, providing evidence of the DSI adopting a rational-choice explanation for war economy participation. This chapter also reveals many operational problems of the DSI including the following of trends, mission creep and poor exit strategies. However, some interesting deviations by individual actors from the standard approach provide insight into how the dominant liberal blue print is also being contested.

Keywords:   rule of law, control mechanisms, depoliticisation, rational choice, criminality, Kosovo

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