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Winning the post-war: norm localisation and small arms control in Kosovo and Cambodia

Tholens, Simone 2019. Winning the post-war: norm localisation and small arms control in Kosovo and Cambodia. Journal of International Relations and Development 22 (15) , pp. 50-76. 10.1057/s41268-017-0098-9

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This article asks how domestic elites contest and localise global norms in contentious post-war contexts. Engaging with critical norm research, it develops a ‘two-step localisation’ framework in order to explain how seemingly technical security governance programmes depend on active congruence making with constitutive state-society narratives – both by international practitioners and domestic elites. The first step consists of the adaptation that practitioners working in the field make in order to tune their message to local contexts, and the second step constitutes the locally driven processes of contestation through narrative construction. The article thus brings in deeply political negotiations over state-society narratives in order to unpack how local agents contest and reframe global norms. Applying the two-step localisation framework to a comparative case study of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control programmes in Kosovo and Cambodia, the article illustrates how the relationship between arms and state-society narratives is key to understanding the outcome of security governance processes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Publisher: Palgrave
ISSN: 1408-6980
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 17 December 2016
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 03:49

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