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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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liberal reform and the creation of new conflict economies

(p.115) 6 Privatisation
Building a peace economy?

Jenny H. Peterson

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the privatisation process in Kosovo and its dual role in both the transformation of the war economy and the facilitation of new forms of political-economic violence. A key tenet of liberal peacebuilding, the privatisation of resources is seen as further evidence of an apolitical approach to building peace which problematically allows actors to consolidate and further economic gains made during the conflict. The contribution of members of the DSI themselves to these dynamics through corruption and foreign investment is coupled with a range of operational problems including limited knowledge and capacity, offering further insight into the problems of the transformation agenda. Whilst it is shown that some of the above problems have been limited by control mechanisms put in place by the DSI, the desirability and sustainability of these mechanisms are called into question.

Keywords:   privatisation, depoliticisation, corruption, foreign investment, capacity, control mechanisms, Kosovo

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