Empire in Denial: The Politics of State-Building

Autor David Chandler
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 20 iul 2006
This book argues that state-building, as it is currently conceived, does not work. In the 1990s, interventionist policies challenged the rights of individual states to self-governance. Today, non-western states are more likely to be feted by international institutions offering programmes of poverty-reduction, democratisation and good governance. States without the right of self-government will always lack legitimate authority. The international policy agenda focuses on bureaucratic mechanisms, which can only institutionalise divisions between the West and the non-West and are unable to overcome the social and political divisions of post-conflict states. Highlighting the dangers of current policy - including the redefinition of sovereignty, and the subsequent erosion of ties linking power and accountability.
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ISBN-13: 9780745324289
ISBN-10: 0745324282
Pagini: 240
Dimensiuni: 135 x 215 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.29 kg
Ediția:First Edition
Colecția Pluto Press
Locul publicării:United Kingdom

Notă biografică

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations at the University of Westminster, London, UK. He edits the journal Anthropocenes: Human, Inhuman, Posthuman. His previous books include Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds (Westminster University Press, 2021); Becoming Indigenous: Governing Imaginaries in the Anthropocene (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019); and Ontopolitics in the Anthropocene: An Introduction to Mapping, Sensing and Hacking (Routledge, 2018). ORCiD:


A critical look at state building