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Making Peace Work: The Challenges of Social and Economic Reconstruction

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Tony Addison and Tilman Brück's Making Peace Work, drawing on leading authorities on the political economy of war and peace, is the definitive volume on how to establish peace, participation, and prosperity in post-conflict societies. A major theme of contributors is war as both a breakdown of moral values and a disruption of property rights. The book emphasizes that reconstruction requires addressing moral, social, and economic concerns. —E. Wayne Nafziger, University Distinguished Professor of Economics & Editor, Journal of African Development, Kansas State University

A welcome interdisciplinary look at some of the most critical yet little understood issues post-conflict countries face. At the same time it challenges the international community to consider both the potential tensions and synergies of the peace-participation-prosperity triumvirate. —Borany Penh, conflict observer and international development expert

This volume offers a sober – and sobering – account of the challenges of pursuing the distinct but deeply interwoven goals of peace, prosperity, and participation.
—James K. Boyce, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment

… an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of the social and economic challenges of rebuilding war-torn countries, written by an outstanding group of scholars and practitioners. It does not dodge the tough questions. It is an essential guide for all those who are interested in peacebuilding. —Abiodun Williams, Vice President, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC

This volume provides convincing evidence that unless the nature and causes of conflicts are well understood the priorities for overcoming conflicts turn out ineffective and implementation of re-building actions become deficient. The book implicitly points at the need for new ways of how development agents, peace enforcing military, government and judiciary can and must come together to be more effective. There are a lot of synergies between investment for peace and investment for poverty and hunger reduction. —Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute

Despite the large emergence of literature addressing the causes and consequences of conflict, research on how to deal with the post-conflict era is relatively scarce. However, the end of the conflict is not a sufficient condition for a peaceful post-conflict era. This book is a stimulating compilation of relevant research drawing attention on the many dimensions that need to be dealt with after a conflict ends. —Ana María Ibáñez Londoño, Director, Center for Economic Research, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá

Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Series:
Studies in Development Economics and Policy
Title:
Making Peace Work: The Challenges of Social and Economic Reconstruction
Authors:
Edited by Tony Addison and Tilman Brück
Publication date:
2009
ISBN 13 Print:
9780230222458
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2009
Keywords:
post-conflict, infrastructure, communities, institutions, peace, gender
JEL:
O10, F50
Project:
Making Peace Work: Conflict and Post Conflict Societies
Sponsor:
The governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Norway (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency — Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
Format:
hardback book
 
This book breaks new ground in our understanding of the multi-dimensional challenge we face in rebuilding war-torn societies. It covers a range of topics, some of which too often receive scant attention in reconstruction strategies, such as the gender dimensions, the importance of horizontal inequalities, ethics and the need for a social contract, and entrepreneurship. It not only points to the challenges we face but also suggests practical approaches which should be of interest to researchers, policy-makers and practitioners alike. —Ian Bannon, World Bank
 
This book provides extensive analysis of the most pressing issues that need to be addressed by local and external actors to secure a lasting return to acceptable economic and political conditions for war-torn societies. The book provides a global comparative perspective of the challenges that post-conflict societies face. The merit of the book’s contribution can hardly be overstated. The book is vital reading for anyone claiming to be a serious scholar of development studies. It is a splendid contribution to economic reconstruction practitioners and is a must for Third World development scholars. —Dr Donald P. Chimanikire, Research Fellow and former Director of IDS, Harare, and Member of the Executive Council of the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern Africa and Southern Africa (OSSREA), Addis Ababa
 
The last decade has seen an enormous effort internationally to build the administrative and operational capacity to intervene and assist countries in ending civil war and building a lasting peace. Their policies, however, are strangely defined by increasingly sterile debates from the 1990s on the causes of civil war and by ever-longer policy wish lists. Finally we have a volume that analyzes the conditions and goals of the early post-war environment that interveners must face and redirects our attention properly to the key questions, empirical knowledge, and pragmatic considerations necessary to effective policy. This is a major contribution to the goals of peace and development and an extremely hopeful stimulus to more research. —Susan L. Woodward, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
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