Peace Formation and Political Order in Conflict Affected Societies

ISBN : 9780190237646

Oliver P. Richmond
264 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Apr 2016
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As Oliver Richmond explains, there is a level to peacemaking that operates in the realm of dialogue, declarations, symbols and rituals. But after all this pomp and circumstance is where the reality of security, development, politics, economics, identity, and culture figure in; conflict, cooperation, and reconciliation are at their most vivid at the local scale. Thus local peace operations are crucial to maintaining order on the ground even in the most violent contexts. However, as Richmond argues, such local capacity to build peace from the inside is generally left unrecognized, and it has been largely ignored in the policy and scholarly literature on peacebuilding. In Peace and Political Order, Richmond looks at peace processes as they scale up from local to transnational efforts to consider how to build a lasting and productive peace. He takes a comparative and expansive look at peace efforts in conflict situations in countries around the world to consider what local voices might suggest about the inadequacy of peace processes engineered at the international level. As well, he explores how local workers act to modify or resist peace processes headed by international NGOs, and to what degree local actors have enjoyed success in the peace process (and how they have affected the international peace process).


Part 1: Theorizing the Social Formation of Peace
Chapter I: Peace Formation, Local Dynamics and Transversal Networks
Chapter II: Four Paths for Peace Formation
Part 2: Reconstructing the Empirical Evidence
Chapter III: Peace Formation in Practice
Chapter IV: Cases Studies in Peace Formation I: Potential and Limitations
Chapter V: Case Studies in Peace Formation II: Transforming the State and Addressing the Causal Factors of the Conflict
Chapter VI: Infrastructures for Peace: Negative or Positive Hybrid Peace?
Appendix A
Appendix A1

About the author: 

Oliver P. Richmond is Research Professor in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester.

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