Spoilers or governance actors?
Schneckener, Ulrich ;  DFG Research Center (SFB) 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood - New Modes of Governance?

Main titleSpoilers or governance actors?
Subtitleengaging armed non-state groups in
areas of limited statehood
AuthorSchneckener, Ulrich
InstitutionDFG Research Center (SFB) 700 Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood - New Modes of Governance?
No. of Pages31 S.
Series SFB Governance working paper series / Englische Ausgabe ; 21
Classification (DDC)320 Political science
350 Public administration
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AbstractArmed non-state groups pose a severe challenge for peace- and state-building processes. Depending
on the situation, they may act as both spoilers and governance actors. This paper aims
at presenting a framework for analysing armed groups as well as forms of engagement for
international actors. It first describes various armed groups, which need to be distinguished
in order to highlight specific profiles, as ideal types. Secondly, a number of strategies for dealing
with these groups will be introduced and discussed by referring to realist, institutionalist
and constructivist approaches. Thirdly, the conclusion will point to key problems and limits of
these approaches when addressing the spectrum of armed groups. The argument here is that
these approaches - despite their differences - by and large are directed to similar profiles of
armed groups while other forms of non-state violence are systematically neglected.
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FU DepartmentDepartment of Political and Social Sciences
Other affiliation(s)Sonderforschungsbereich Governance in Räumen begrenzter Staatlichkeit - Neue Formen des Regierens?
Year of publication2009
Type of documentBook
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