Special issue of Third World Quarterly edited by IDD academics

A special issue of the journal ‘Third World Quarterly’ has been published, focusing on ‘State-building, Security and Development’ and edited by IDD academics, Dr Heather Marquette and Dr Danielle Beswick. Other contributors from IDD and School of Government and Society colleagues include Professor Paul Jackson, Professor Stefan Wolff, Dr Edward Newman and Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert.

Development has always been driven by donor concerns with the re-engineering and transformation of societies, though perhaps this agenda has become more explicit, and more normative in character since the end of the Cold War and with the increasing focus on fragile states. The increasing preoccupation of policymakers in the fields of development, security and foreign policy with building peaceful states and societies could therefore represent an attempt to recast what is meant by peaceful state and society and a re-visioning of the role that donors and other international actors can play in this process. This may reflect a conviction amongst policymakers and development practitioners that neoliberalism provides the most likely basis for peaceful and stable states, and by extension a more peaceful international politics. It could also however reflect trends towards the securitization of development.

Regardless of how we interpret the return of state-building on the international agenda, it is of considerable interest to those engaged with politics as a discipline and in practice. It also reflects an increasing coming together of International Relations and Development Studies in ways that may significantly impact theoretical advances in both disciplines and contribute to the creation of more joined up policy approaches.

Papers are available for download at www.tandfonline.com/toc/ctwq20/32/10 and include:

  • Introduction: State-building, Security and Development: State-building as a new development paradigm? – Heather Marquette and Danielle Beswick
  • ‘State-building for Peace’: a new paradigm for international engagement in post-conflict fragile states? – Alina Rocha Menocal
  • A Human Security Peace-building Agenda – Edward Newman
  • Globalisation and Power in Weak States – Mick Moore
  • Post-Conflict State-building: The debate on institutional choice – Stefan Wolff
  • Security Sector Reform and State-building – Paul Jackson
  • The Bifurcation of the Two Worlds: Assessing the gap between internationals and locals in state-building processes – Nicolas Lemay-Hebert
  • Inclusive Elite Bargains and the Dilemma of Unproductive Peace: A Zambian case study – Stefan Lindemann
  • Donors, State-building and Corruption: Lessons from Afghanistan and the implications for aid policy – Heather Marquette
  • Divisive ‘Commonality’: State and insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo – Zoe Marriage
  • Aiding State-building and Sacrificing Peace-building? The Rwanda-UK relationship 1994-2011 – Danielle Beswick