Power/Knowledge in International Peacebuilding: The Case of the EU Police Mission in Bosnia

TitlePower/Knowledge in International Peacebuilding: The Case of the EU Police Mission in Bosnia
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsMerlingen, Michael, and Rasa Ostrauskaitė
Journal titleAlternatives: Global, Local, Political
Year2005
Pages297-323
Volume30
Issue3
Abstract

This article develops the argument that peacebuilding brings into play microphysical and nonsovereign forms of power that circulate through opaque capillaries that link foreign peacebuilders and indigenous populations. It examines the governmentality of liberal peacebuilding and the practices of “unfreedom” it licenses; brings into focus the constellation of social control that is effected by the EU's efforts, in the context of its security and defense policy, to promote democratic policing in Bosnia; and shows how a normatively committed form of governmentality theory can be employed to limit the inevitable political pastorate in the international construction of liberal peace in posthostility societies.

LanguageEnglish
DOI10.1177/030437540503000303
Unit: 
Department of International Relations