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War economies, peace economies and transformation

This chapter defines the concepts of war economy and peace economy and discusses how there can be movement from one category to the other through a process of transformation. Arguing that there has been a relative failure to achieve such transformation across a range of conflict affected areas, the chapter sets out the aims of the book, namely to understand why such failures occur and how more effective processes of transformation can be achieved. The development-security industry (DSI), responsible for peacebuilding programmes more generally, is introduced as the key actor involved both attempts and failures at such transformation. A brief history and discussion of the liberal nature of this industry are provided along with a summary of the book’s structure and argument.

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Building a peace economy?

Liberal peacebuilding and the development-security industry


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