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Title: From Power Struggles to Sustainable Peace: UNDERSTANDING POLITICAL SETTLEMENTS
Authors: Dr Stephen Brown Dr. Jörn Grävingholt
Keywords: Local Development
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: OECD
Description: Political settlements have recently become the subject of engaged con- ceptual and strategic debate among some development agencies and donor countries. At a time when donor agencies have begun to overcome the tradi- tional separation between peacebuilding activities and external engagement to support the (re)building of functioning states (i.e. statebuilding), political settlements might provide a useful lens to bridge conceptual differences and ambiguities that remain between the two fields. In particular, the settlement lens holds the promise of bringing a longer timeframe to the thinking about peace accords, and considerations of social accommodation to the way state- building is conceptualised. The concept of political settlement, in the sense proposed in the current debate, refers to the fundamental cornerstone of every social and political order. Providing external support to a political settlement is therefore a deeply political undertaking. Yet, so are the challenges facing outside actors with regards to peacebuilding and statebuilding in the first place. Addressing these challenges with concepts that help to grasp the full complexity of the task at hand is necessary for any sustainable success.
ISBN: 978-92-64-11649-8
Appears in Collections:Regional and Local Development Studies

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