Beyond the metropolis? Popular peace and post-conflict peacebuilding
journal contributionposted on 2014-07-28, 11:48 authored by David RobertsDavid Roberts
The debate on peacebuilding is deadlocked. Leading scholars of fourth generation peacebuilding, who take Liberalism to task for creating what they refer to as crises in peacebuilding, have themselves been challenged by those they criticise for over-stating Liberal failure and failing themselves to produce the goods in terms of an alternative. But behind this debate, it seems that both approaches are asking the same question: how can stable, legitimate, sustainable peace be engineered? This article engages critical theory with problem-solving social sciences. It proposes that the crises in orthodox post-conflict peacebuilding are genuine, but there are approaches that might put flesh on fourth generation concepts without bringing the Liberal edifice down, shifting the debate away from ontology and ideology and returning it to the people in whose name it is held.
- Social Sciences
- Politics and International Studies
Published inReview of International Studies
Pages2535 - 2556
CitationROBERTS, D., 2011. Beyond the metropolis? Popular peace and post-conflict peacebuilding. Review of International Studies, 37 (5), pp. 2535-2556.
PublisherCambridge University Press (© British International Studies Association)
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
NotesThis article has been published and appears in a revised form, subsequent to peer review and/or editorial input by Cambridge University Press, in Review of International Studies published by Cambridge University Press. ROBERTS, D., 2011. Beyond the metropolis? Popular peace and post-conflict peacebuilding. Review of International Studies, 37 (5), pp. 2535-2556. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0260210511000234.