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Regulating Statehood : State Building and the Transformation of the Global Order - Shahar Hameiri

Regulating Statehood

State Building and the Transformation of the Global Order

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Published: 14th July 2010
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Shahar Hameiri argues that state building interventions are creating a new form of transnationally regulated statehood. Using case-studies from the Asia-Pacific, he analyzes the politics of state building and the implications for contemporary statehood and the global order.

'Regulating Statehood puts Hameiri ahead of the field in engaging with the practices and policy drives behind international statebuilding. Arguing that traditional approaches to the state fail to grasp the fact that international intervention aims to transform and reshape states rather than merely rebuild them, this book weaves in depth case-study material with a powerful intellectual framework. It is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the problems and limits of international regulation in this area.'

-David Chandler, Professor of International Relations and editor of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster, UK



"This book investigates the partial collapse of the legitimacy of the liberal peace project while statebuilding continues regardless. It is a crucial contribution to the debate surrounding these dynamics, introducing a grounded comparative and critical discussion of how and why this happens, its implications for international order, and for the future of statebuilding. The author shows that the praxes of statebuilding have already shifted beyond current academic and policy prescriptions, and that an understanding of this is crucial if the experience of statehood by its subjects is to be situated in context and not in distant ideals."

- Oliver Richmond, Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of St Andrews, UK



'This book takes on the dominant belief that rescuing failed states is simply a selfless humanitarian exercise. Shahar Hameiri argues that interventions to rescue failed states are deeply contested exercises of political power and resistance that transform both the states being intervened in and the intervening states themselves. It is a provocative and important book.'

- Michael Wesley, Executive Director, Lowy Institute for International Policy, Australia

Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. x
Introduction: Regulatory State Building and the Transformation of Statehoodp. 1
Beyond Methodological Nationalism, Towards a New Regulatory Frameworkp. 10
Introductionp. 10
Evaluating the effects of state building interventionsp. 12
Towards a new regulatory approach to understanding state buildingp. 33
Conclusionp. 38
State Building, Risk Management and the Transformation of the Statep. 39
Introductionp. 39
Risk management and state transformationp. 40
State building interventions as multilevel regimes: conceptual and theoretical issuesp. 47
State building and legal exceptionalism: the ever-changing demands of risk managementp. 57
Conclusionp. 62
State Building: The Emergence of a New Mode of Governancep. 64
Introductionp. 64
The failure of the humanitarian interventions of the 1990sp. 67
The return to the state in development theory and policyp. 73
Neoliberalism and the transformation of Western statesp. 78
The perception of global riskp. 86
Conclusionp. 91
Who Intervenes? State Transformation and the Meta-Governance of State Buildingp. 92
Introductionp. 92
Actors and multilevel regimesp. 95
Public actors in state building interventionsp. 100
Private actors in state building interventionsp. 103
Conclusionp. 115
The Australian Federal Police and Australia's New Regional Frontierp. 117
Introductionp. 117
The Australian state and the AFPp. 119
The AFP and Australia's new regional frontierp. 131
Conclusionp. 144
The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and the Politics of State Transformationp. 147
Introductionp. 147
RAMSI and its criticsp. 149
RAMSI as state transformationp. 158
RAMSI and the politics of state transformationp. 168
Conclusionp. 173
State Building, Patronage and the Anti-Pluralist Politics of Stability in Cambodiap. 177
Introductionp. 177
'Transformed' patronage in Cambodiap. 180
Intervention and political space in Cambodiap. 188
State building and the consolidation of Hun Sen's rulep. 194
Conclusionp. 207
Conclusion: Transformed Statehood and the Politics of Scalep. 208
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 218
Indexp. 242
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ISBN: 9780230251861
ISBN-10: 0230251862
Series: Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 14th July 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1