Reclaiming the local in EU peacebuilding: Effectiveness, ownership, and resistance

Filip Ejdus, Ana E Juncos

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Since the early 2000s, the “local turn” has thoroughly transformed
the field of peacebuilding. The EU policy discourse on peacebuilding has also
aligned with this trend, with an increasing number of EU policy statements
insisting on the importance of “the local”. However, most studies on EU
peacebuilding still adopt a top-down approach and focus on institutions,
capabilities and decision-making at the EU level. This special issue
contributes to the literature by focusing on bottom-up and local dynamics of
EU peacebuilding. After outlining the rationale and the scope of the special
issue, this article discusses the local turn in international peacebuilding and
identifies several interrelated concepts relevant to theorizing the role of the
local, specifically those of effectiveness, ownership, and resistance. In the
conclusion, we summarize the key contributions of this special issue and
suggest some avenues for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-27
Number of pages24
JournalContemporary Security Policy
Issue number1
Early online date18 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

Special Issue: Reclaiming the local in EU peacebuilding


  • European Union
  • Peacebuilding
  • Local turn
  • Effectiveness
  • Ownership
  • Resistance


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