The Exercise of Executive Authority

Richard Caplan

in International Governance of War-Torn Territories

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199263455
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602726 | DOI:
The Exercise of Executive Authority

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The extraordinary power available to international authorities raises questions about the effectiveness and appropriateness of seeking to impose outcomes and the implications of these actions for the development of local political culture and institutions. Examines the opportunities and limitations of rule by decree—with special reference to Bosnia and Herzegovina—and discusses the considerations that ought to govern the exercise of international authority. Observes that the heavy-handed approach to governance may not always be successful: it can generate a popular backlash against transitional administrators and inhibit the development of autonomous political capacity. However, without broad authority international administrators maybe frustrated in their efforts to achieve the aims of their mandates.

Keywords: executive authority; High Representative; legitimacy; liberal state-building; local ownership

Chapter.  6301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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