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Security Sector Reform, Statebuilding and Local Ownership: Securing the State or its People?

journal contribution
posted on 2015-09-15, 10:05 authored by Eleanor Gordon
It is widely acknowledged that while local ownership is one of the core principles of successful Security Sector Reform (SSR) programmes, the concept is narrowly interpreted in terms of who owns what. Moreover, the focus of SSR is often on building state institutions, rather than building the relationship between people and the state, which further limits the extent to which people, particularly at the community level, are engaged in SSR processes. It is argued that without ensuring meaningful and inclusive local ownership of SSR programmes, public trust and confidence in state security and justice sector institutions will be limited. Crucially, this will leave the state vulnerable to renewed outbreaks of conflict. To rectify this it is proposed that a hybrid SSR approach be promoted by incorporating community safety structures into SSR programmes.

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Citation

Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 2014, 8 (2-3), pp. 126-148

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Criminology

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding

issn

1750-2977

eissn

1750-2985

Acceptance date

2014-03-01

Copyright date

2014

Available date

2016-02-04

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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17502977.2014.930219

Language

en

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