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By David Chandler

ISBN-10: 0745324282

ISBN-13: 9780745324289

David Chandler argues that state-building, because it is at the moment conceived, doesn't paintings. within the Nineteen Nineties, interventionist regulations challenged the rights of person states to self-governance. at the present time, non-Western states usually tend to be feted through foreign associations supplying programmes of poverty-reduction, democratisation and reliable governance. States with out the best of self-government will continuously lack valid authority. The foreign coverage time table makes a speciality of bureaucratic mechanisms, that can purely instutiutionalise divisions among the West and the non-West and are not able to beat the social and political divisions of post-conflict states. Highlighting the hazards of present coverage -- together with the redefinition of sovereignty, and the subsquent erosion of ties linking strength and responsibility -- David Chandler bargains a serious examine state-building that might be of curiosity to all scholars of overseas affairs.Praise for From Kosovo to Kabul and Beyond:'A wonderful book.' Edward S. Herman 'Anyone fascinated about global occasions should still learn this book.' worldwide discussion

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It is suggested that Empire in Denial seeks to evade the responsibilities of power through the establishment of an independent framework or code of law. The assumption that law can exist independently of political power, that law can provide its own legitimacy, is shown to be a misplaced one. Paradoxically, in seeking to hide behind the law, Empire in Denial gives the law a content which separates it from domestic social processes. In the phantom states, which are the products of these practices, the law takes arbitrary and often irrational forms, freed from the constraints Introduction 25 of the political process.

The major implications which this shift would have for accountability (a power which is accountable to another, external, body clearly lacks sovereign authority – the capacity for self-government) have been consistently played down by the report’s authors and academic commentators. Robert Keohane, for example, disingenuously argues 32 Empire in Denial that the ICISS report is not at all ‘devaluing’ sovereignty, merely that it is ‘reinterpreting’ it, to bring the concept more into line with the modern world (Keohane, 2003: 276).

As the ICISS co-chairs note, this shift changes ‘the essence of sovereignty, from control to responsibility’ (Evans and Sahnoun, 2002: 101). The major implications which this shift would have for accountability (a power which is accountable to another, external, body clearly lacks sovereign authority – the capacity for self-government) have been consistently played down by the report’s authors and academic commentators. Robert Keohane, for example, disingenuously argues 32 Empire in Denial that the ICISS report is not at all ‘devaluing’ sovereignty, merely that it is ‘reinterpreting’ it, to bring the concept more into line with the modern world (Keohane, 2003: 276).

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