Liberal Peace in East Timor: the Emperors' New Clothes?<sup>1</sup>

Oliver P. Richmond and Jason Franks

in Liberal Peace Transitions

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638765
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652761 | DOI:
Liberal Peace in East Timor: the Emperors' New Clothes?1

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This chapter examines the effort to build a liberal peace since 1999 in East Timor. It illustrates that to a large degree the liberal peace model has failed the East Timorese people in producing anything remotely representative of a social contract or the ‘good life’. There are two aspects to this: the first is the failure to construct a social contract between society and its institutions of governance. This is related to the broader issue of the social legitimacy of, and contract with, international actors derived from society and its complex groupings. The second is the failure, at least in the transitional period, to respond to the experiences of everyday life and welfare requirements of the new state's citizens.

Keywords: liberal peace; East Timor; social contract; governance; social legitimacy

Chapter.  12049 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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