The Political Economy of Exit

Michael Pugh

in Exit Strategies and State Building

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760114
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199949991 | DOI:
The Political Economy of Exit

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The pivotal contention of this chapter is that the economic impact in war-torn societies of a large military, police, and international aid presence can bring patchy windfall gains for local populations, often overly concentrated in large cities and around military bases. Exits do not necessarily leave sustainable local political economies. The exit paths generally fail to protect populations from the economic stresses of neoliberalism introduced by donors, development agencies, and international financial institutions (IFIs) and do not forge the social contracts that liberal peacebuilding envisages for war-torn societies. While engagement by locals with postconflict state-building operations often involves coincidences of interest, war-torn economies face considerable strains in adopting imported economic models.

Keywords: economic neoliberalism; political economies; state-building exits; war-torn societies

Chapter.  7463 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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