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Title: Security Sector Reform, Statebuilding and Local Ownership: Securing the State or its People?
Authors: Gordon, Eleanor
First Published: 4-Aug-2014
Citation: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 2014, 8 (2-3), pp. 126-148
Abstract: It is widely acknowledged that while local ownership is one of the core principles of successful Security Sector Reform (SSR) programmes, the concept is narrowly interpreted in terms of who owns what. Moreover, the focus of SSR is often on building state institutions, rather than building the relationship between people and the state, which further limits the extent to which people, particularly at the community level, are engaged in SSR processes. It is argued that without ensuring meaningful and inclusive local ownership of SSR programmes, public trust and confidence in state security and justice sector institutions will be limited. Crucially, this will leave the state vulnerable to renewed outbreaks of conflict. To rectify this it is proposed that a hybrid SSR approach be promoted by incorporating community safety structures into SSR programmes.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17502977.2014.930219
ISSN: 1750-2977
eISSN: 1750-2985
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding on 04 August 2014, available online: 10.1080/17502977.2014.930219
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