The Bifurcation of the Two Worlds: assessing the gap between internationals and locals in state-building processes

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The Bifurcation of the Two Worlds: assessing the gap between internationals and locals in state-building processes. / Lemay-Hebert, Nicolas.

In: Third World Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 10, 01.01.2011, p. 1823-1841.

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title = "The Bifurcation of the Two Worlds: assessing the gap between internationals and locals in state-building processes",
abstract = "More and more studies highlight the limits of state-building conducted {\textquoteleft}from the top-down{\textquoteright}. Building on the literature on the subject and using a Rosenauian concept in a novel way, this article posits that international interventions tend to create a {\textquoteleft}bifurcation of the two worlds{\textquoteright}. Departing from a study of Kosovo and Timor-Leste, the article posits that the massive arrival of staff involved in international governance will create a social gap between the international and the local {\textquoteleft}worlds{\textquoteright}, which will in turn fuel local resistance as this gap will become target of narratives of resistance by certain local actors. This bifurcation is exemplified by the {\textquoteleft}white car syndrome{\textquoteright}, a concept representing the horde of white UN vehicles accompanying major interventions and developed in this contribution. Thus, this article attempts to shed a new light on the legitimacy crises that Kosovo and Timor-Leste experienced at the beginning of the current century, while increasing the linkages between development studies and peace studies.",
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