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“Fests of vests”: The politics of participation in neoliberal peacebuilding in Colombia

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posted on 25.10.2021, 08:52 by Irene Vélez‐Torres, Katherine V. GoughKatherine V. Gough, James Larrea‐Mejía, Giulia PiccolinoGiulia Piccolino, Krisna Ruette‐Orihuela
The Colombian Peace Agreement signed in 2016 was saluted internationally by scholars, policy makers and practitioners for encompassing the concept of territorial peace as a means of ensuring local participation in the strengthening of state institutions. Based on engaged research conducted in the Department of Cauca and Bogot?a between 2017 and 2020, we critically analyse territorial peace, exploring its ideation, implementation, and subsequent decline in favour of security and stabilisation. We argue that the government’s peacebuilding rationale and mechanisms sought to reinforce the neoliberal state through a constrained participation model, which marginalised the progressive struggles of local communities living in former conflict affected areas. Without a radical breakdown of pre-existing power structures of exploitation and domination, community participation in peacebuilding runs the risk of legitimising stateled initiatives that ensure the political rule of capital, strengthen the bureaucracies of the centralised state, and create new violent disputes without resolving existing ones

Funding

MINCIENCIAS

RCUK-ESRC (grant no. 7912017)

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Geography and Environment
  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

Antipode

Volume

54

Issue

2

Pages

586-607

Publisher

Wiley

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Wiley under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

09/09/2021

Publication date

2021-10-18

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0066-4812

eISSN

1467-8330

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Giulia Piccolino. Deposit date: 22 October 2021