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Borderlands and Political Settlements

This work strand explored the ‘lived’ political settlement experienced at border areas in contexts in conflict or emerging from conflict. Border areas are often ‘ungoverned’, marginalised spaces and may be sites for securitisation during and post-conflict. The work explored how the priorities of those living in border regions relate to central state-building projects, and aimed to understand how particular interests affect the security, economic, and political activity of border populations. It included looking beyond state-delineated borders to understand cross-border relations as more immediate sources of economic and social security. In contrast to political economy analysis, the work explored how bargaining processes are shaped as much by local understandings of legitimacy and authority as by the provision or denial of material resources, mediated through particular institutional arrangements.

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Details :
  • Author : Harriet Cornell
  • Category : Case Studies, Peace Processes
  • Date : July 16, 2015
  • Tags : Borderlands