The Sovereignty Paradox: The Norms and Politics of International Statebuilding

Hardcover | March 1, 2007

byDominik Zaum

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The post-cold war years have witnessed an unprecedented involvement by the United Nations in the domestic affairs of states, to end conflicts and rebuild political and administrative institutions. International administrations established by the UN or Western states have exercised extensiveexecutive, legislative, and judicial authority over post-conflict territories to facilitate institution building and provide for interim governance.This book is a study of the normative framework underlying the international community's statebuilding efforts. Through detailed case studies of policymaking by the international administrations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and East Timor, based on extensive interviews and work in theadministrations, the book examines the nature of this normative framework, and highlights how norms shape the institutional choices of statebuilders, the relationship between international and local actors, and the exit strategies of international administrations. The book argues that a particularconception of sovereignty as responsibility has influenced the efforts of international administrations, and shows that their statebuilding activities are informed by the idea that post-conflict territories need to meet certain normative tests before they are considered legitimate internationally.The restructuring of political and administrative practices to help post-conflict territories to meet these tests creates a sovereignty paradox: international administrations compromise one element of sovereignty - the right to self-government - in order to implement domestic reforms to legitimisethe authority of local political institutions, and thus strengthen their sovereignty.In the light of the governance and development record of the three international administrations, the book assesses the promises and the pathologies of statebuilding, and develops recommendations to improve their performance.

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The post-cold war years have witnessed an unprecedented involvement by the United Nations in the domestic affairs of states, to end conflicts and rebuild political and administrative institutions. International administrations established by the UN or Western states have exercised extensiveexecutive, legislative, and judicial authority...

Dominik Zaum is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Reading. He has D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and has worked on issues of post-conflict governance and statebuilding. He has previously been a Research Fellow in International Relations at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, and has worked for the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Concepts and Theories1. Sovereignty in International Society2. International Administrations in International SocietyPart II: Case Studies3. Statebuilding in Bosnia and Herzegovina4. Statebuilding in Kosovo5. Statebuilding in East Timor6. The Sovereignty ParadoxBibliography

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"Zaum's normative analysis is a refreshing addition to the developing ITA [(international territorial administration)] canon."--International Affairs "A growing array of international groups and organizations are now devoted to state building, and scholars are slowing developing a body of knowledge on its theory and practice. This book helps illuminate these efforts by looking at the ideas and norms that inform the activities of international agencies as they engage local actors."--G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs