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International Norms in Statebuilding: Finding a Pragmatic Approach

International Norms in Statebuilding: Finding a Pragmatic Approach Global Governance 16 (2010), 219–236 GLOBAL INSIGHTS International Norms in Statebuilding: Finding a Pragmatic Approach Christian Lotz STATEBUILDING IS WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS A CENTRAL CHALLENGE FOR THE international order today and the main response to a range of global problems from poverty to terrorism and international crime. However, there is no agree- ment about why and how international actors should engage in statebuilding processes. Donor governments and international agencies often justify and legitimize their statebuilding support by referring to international norms, such as human rights. Others, especially in the academic community but also some develop- ment professionals, question the relevance of these norms, in particular, in fragile states that are unable or unwilling to live up to them and have only lim- ited means of exercising their sovereignty. They argue that statebuilding is es- sentially a local process that only works if it is based on local norms and values and led by national actors. For instance, an aid worker said in an interview on Deutsche Welle re- cently about the situation in Darfur: “We should listen to the local actors more. They know much better how to solve their own conflicts than anyone else. We must also accept http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

International Norms in Statebuilding: Finding a Pragmatic Approach

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01602003
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Abstract

Global Governance 16 (2010), 219–236 GLOBAL INSIGHTS International Norms in Statebuilding: Finding a Pragmatic Approach Christian Lotz STATEBUILDING IS WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS A CENTRAL CHALLENGE FOR THE international order today and the main response to a range of global problems from poverty to terrorism and international crime. However, there is no agree- ment about why and how international actors should engage in statebuilding processes. Donor governments and international agencies often justify and legitimize their statebuilding support by referring to international norms, such as human rights. Others, especially in the academic community but also some develop- ment professionals, question the relevance of these norms, in particular, in fragile states that are unable or unwilling to live up to them and have only lim- ited means of exercising their sovereignty. They argue that statebuilding is es- sentially a local process that only works if it is based on local norms and values and led by national actors. For instance, an aid worker said in an interview on Deutsche Welle re- cently about the situation in Darfur: “We should listen to the local actors more. They know much better how to solve their own conflicts than anyone else. We must also accept

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Dec 19, 2010

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