Building a peace economy?

Liberal peacebuilding and the development-security industry

By Jenny H. Peterson

Building a peace economy?

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8730-1
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: March 2014
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Politics, Politics & government, Peace studies & conflict resolution, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing & Emerging Countries, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Development studies, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution
  • Series: New Approaches to Conflict Analysis


This book critically examines the range of policies and programmes that attempt to manage economic activity that contributes to political violence. It offers a new framework for understanding both the problem of economic activity in conflict zones as well as programmes aimed at managing these and transforming them into more peaceful economic and political relationships. Through this examination, both the problems of liberal modes of peacebuilding, implemented by the development-security industry, and opportunities for policy innovation are explored.

Useful charts and frameworks throughout the book provide the reader with a range of analytical tools that can be easily used to explore war economies and related policies in a range of contexts, making this book an essential read for students, policy makers and aid practitioners working in a range of disciplines and conflict-affected areas.


1. Building a liberal peace economy: the development-security industry (DSI)
2. War economy transformation: current policy options and issues
3. Explaining the dynamics of transformation: the nature of the DSI
4. Transforming a war economy: learning from the case of Kosovo
5. Strengthening 'rule of law': managing the criminal facets of war economies
6. Privatization: liberal reform and the creation of new conflict economies
7. Customs reform: protecting borders, confirming statehood & transforming economies?
8. The war economy transformation agenda: DSI approaches and behaviours
Annex A: List of interviewees


Jenny H. Peterson is Lecturer in Humanitarian and Conflict Response at the University of Manchester

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