Exit and International Administrations

Dominik Zaum

in Exit Strategies and State Building

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760114
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949991 | DOI:
Exit and International Administrations

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This chapter examines the exit practices of international territorial administrations. Examining the exit experiences and challenges faced by different international administrations in the twentieth century, the chapter advances three arguments: that exit should best be understood as a process rather than the event of withdrawal; that the exit processes of post‐Cold War international administrations suggest an increasing concern for peace consolidation and state-building and a declining concern for state sovereignty; and that exit strategies are as much concerned with legitimizing an extended international presence as with facilitating the transition of authority from international to local institutions.

Keywords: benchmarks; Bosnia and Herzegovina; East Timor; Kosovo; international administration; peace consolidation

Chapter.  8250 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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