Peacebuilding and Authoritarianism: The Unintended Consequences of UN Engagement in Post-Conflict Settings

Day, Adam, von Billerbeck, Sarah, Tansey, Oisín and Al Maleh, Ayham (2021). Peacebuilding and Authoritarianism: The Unintended Consequences of UN Engagement in Post-Conflict Settings. United Nations University.

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    Author Day, Adam
    von Billerbeck, Sarah
    Tansey, Oisín
    Al Maleh, Ayham
    Title Peacebuilding and Authoritarianism: The Unintended Consequences of UN Engagement in Post-Conflict Settings
    Publication Date 2021-04-08
    Place of Publication New York
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 64
    Language eng
    Abstract This project explores the ways in which peacebuilding may unintentionally enable authoritarian tendencies, despite its stated goal of more inclusive forms of governance. The authors build on scholarship that has analysed the impacts of democratization efforts in post-conflict settings, and the substantial literature describing how authoritarian systems may prove resilient to external efforts to transform them, including by instrumentalizing democratic institutions, controlling resources, and emplacing political structures that tend to centralize authority in a small elite. While helpful in understanding the politics of authoritarian rule, this literature seldom offers an analysis of the causal relationships between peacebuilding and authoritarianism, leaving policymakers and practitioners without a clear framework to understand the impact of their interventions. The fact that peacebuilding is one amongst many factors influencing authoritarianism means that its possible contribution to tendencies of centralization and political repression often go unnoticed. The project aims to provide a usable framework and set of recommendations for policymakers and practitioners to avoid some of the common pitfalls and ensure that peacebuilding support is not distorted or co-opted.
    UNBIS Thesaurus AUTHORITARIANISM
    PEACEBUILDING
    DICTATORSHIP
    Keyword Peacebuilding
    Authoritarianism
    United Nations
    Official Development Assistance
    Dictatorship
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280865356
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