Thomas Waldman is ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Post-war Recovery at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York. Sultan Barakat is Professor of Politics and founding Director of the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Doha. Andrea Varisco is a PhD candidate based at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), University of York. His doctoral thesis focuses on the influence of research on British-led security sector reform in Sierra Leone.
'The mixed record of statebuilding over the past decade has generated a clamour for evidence on what works best. Ironically, there has been very little evidence on whether evidence is actually used in policy making - until now. Rigorously researched, well-written and thoughtfully put together, this impressive book offers insight and analysis on the genesis of policy-making. It will become a must-read for practitioners and researchers alike.'Iain King, Head of Conflict Research, Department for International Development (DFID), UK'This is a very important book because it demonstrates why evidence is not a sufficient criterion for winning the war of ideas in statebuilding. By implication it seeks to reconcile the world of theory and the world of practice to focus more directly on problem-solving rather than problem making. As such it makes a path-breaking contribution to statebuilding research.'Mark Evans, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, Australia