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Picking Out the Pieces of the Liberal Peaces: Representations of Conflict Economies and the Implications for Policy.

By Neil Cooper


NoThis article examines the different ways in which the dynamics of civil war economies have been represented and the influences this has had on post-conflict peacebuilding (PCPB). The article suggests that regulation to address the dynamics of war economies and shadow trade has been asymmetric in its focus and its effects. It also argues that, particularly post-9/11, there has been a convergence in the discourse on weak states and shadow economies. While ostensibly promising a progressive fusion between solidarism and security, this monolithic discourse may well produce policy that prioritizes policing and hermetic protection for the developed world at the expense of effective strategies to address the dynamics of war economies and shadow trade

Topics: War economies, Conflict goods, Governance, Security
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0967010605060451
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Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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