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The United Nations, Intra-State Peacekeeping and Normative Change

Esref Aksu Peter Lawler Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet Bethan Hirst

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Manchester University Press
01 June 2010
This study, available for the first time in paperback, explores the normative dimension of the evolving role of the United Nations in peace and security and, ultimately, in governance. What is dealt with here is both the UN's changing raison d'etre and the wider normative context within which the organisation is located. The study looks at the UN through the window of one of its most contentious, yet least understood, practices: active involvement in intra-state conflicts as epitomised by UN peacekeeping.

Drawing on the conceptual tools provided by the 'historical structural' approach, this study seeks to understand how and why the international community continuously reinterprets or redefines the UN's role with regard to intra-state conflicts. The study concentrates on intra-states 'peacekeeping environments', and examines what changes, if any, have occurred to the normative basis of UN peacekeeping in intra-state conflicts from the early 1960s to the early 1990s. One of the original aspects of the study is its analytical framework, where the conceptualisation of 'normative basis' revolves around objectives, functions and authority, and is closely connected with the institutionalised values in the UN Charter such as state sovereignty, human rights and socio-economic development.

This book is essential reading for postgraduate students of IR and international peacekeeping organisations. -- .
By:   Esref Aksu
Series edited by:   Peter Lawler, Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet
Other:   Bethan Hirst
Imprint:   Manchester University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   361g
ISBN:   9780719067495
ISBN 10:   0719067499
Series:   New Approaches to Conflict Analysis
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 June 2010
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Esref Aksu teaches International Politics at the University of Limerick, Ireland -- .

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