Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding

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Cambridge University Press
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6.11 X 9.22 X 0.81 inches | 1.27 pounds

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About the Author
Susanna P. Campbell is an Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service, Washington DC. She has published extensively on international intervention in conflict-affected countries, focusing on how global governance organizations interact with the micro-dynamics of conflict and cooperation. Professor Campbell has been awarded scholarly and policy grants for her research, including from the United States Institute of Peace. She has led large evaluations of international intervention in conflict-affected countries, including for the United Nations and the World Bank, and conducted extensive fieldwork in sub-Saharan Africa and globally. Her scholarship has contributed to demonstrated policy change at the global and local levels.
'Campbell's study underlines that local accountability matters more than accountability upwards. Effective peacebuilding requires flexibility, responsiveness, and creativity. It demands learning and reflection, the ability to pause, and think.' Sukanya Podder, International Peacekeeping
'Campbell's book breaks new ground with a fine grain analysis of how international peacebuilding actors operate in a local context. Going beyond the usual broad brush generalisations to focus on processes of organizational learning and interaction, this book will be important reading for scholars and practitioners alike. Highly recommended.' David Chandler, University of Westminster
'Susanna P. Campbell has written a major contribution to our knowledge of peacebuilding. She has some good and bad news. The good news is that there are instances when peacebuilding does succeed. The bad news is that the odds are against it doing so. Why? Because it requires peacebuilders' willingness to be accountable to local populations. To do so, though, they need to work against a peacebuilding apparatus that gives incentives to country offices to take the path of least resistance and listen to those who are higher up on the food chain. Because it is unlikely that the apparatus is going to change, the message is for country offices to use their discretion in ways that give local populations a voice. A rare combination of theoretical sophistication and intensive fieldwork, this is the sort of book that both scholars and policymakers must read.' Michael Barnett, George Washington University, Washington DC
'At the core of Susanna P. Campbell's book is a profound insight: for peacebuilding to succeed, both peacebuilders and locals have to alter their understandings. Her focus on country offices in Burundi provides strong support for the value of this insight. How to encourage more peacebuilding learners should be at the center of thinking about transnational efforts to promote peace. It will also hopefully inspire more micro-level study of the mutual adjustment that is a necessary part of governance more generally.' Deborah Avant, Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy, Josef Korbel School, University of Denver
'This is a very important contribution to the debate on who owns peacebuilding, and how its complex relationships are configured. It helps us understand more clearly the organisation of power relations and the role and relationship of different sites of legitimate authority in peacebuilding, and brings some much needed conceptual and empirical nuances.' Oliver Richmond, University of Manchester
'Susanna P. Campbell has written a fantastic book. It is one of the very few studies of on-the-ground peacebuilding that helps us to actually understand - and, hopefully, replicate - successful efforts. It is theoretically innovative, and draws on incredibly rich ethnographic material from fourteen years of involvement in peacebuilding, both in the field and in the headquarters. All of these make Global Governance and Local Peace essential reading for scholars and practitioners alike.' Severine Autesserre, author of Peaceland and The Trouble with The Congo