Politics and Governance: From Emergency to Emergence

  • David Chandler


How international actors can govern for peace has been a question at the top of the international policy agenda since the end of the Cold War. However, despite its centrality, there is very little clarity with regard to how external actors can make policy interventions for peace, how these should be managed and whether these interventions are, or could be, effective. This chapter analyses the reformulation of the ‘governing for peace’ problematic from being an emergency response, seeking to restore peace and security, to policy interventions, understood in systems or process terms, as dealing with emergent problems, on the basis of enabling or empowering local coping capacities. The opening sections deal with conceptual concerns of how the politics of governing peace has been transformed, and the closing sections focus on empirical examples of the shift in policy practices in accordance with these new understandings.


Policy Intervention Policy Practice Disciplinary Perspective Governance Intervention Sovereign Power 
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