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Whose Peace?Local Ownership and United Nations Peacekeeping$
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Sarah B. K. von Billerbeck

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755708

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755708.001.0001

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Operationalizations of Local Ownership

Operationalizations of Local Ownership


(p.91) 6 Operationalizations of Local Ownership
Whose Peace?

Sarah B. K. von Billerbeck

Oxford University Press

This chapter is the second of two to explore how the UN operationalizes local ownership, examining the actors considered viable local owners by the UN. It establishes a typology of inclusion: with liberal ownership, actors are included for their normative alignment with the UN’s liberal values; with elite ownership, actors are included for their perceived technical capacity to help the UN reach concrete operational targets. While the criteria for selection are different, both of these approaches are selective, in contrast to the broad and inclusive discourse of ownership. Two important findings are presented: first, as with practices, the UN selects local actors in a way that prioritizes the achievement of operational goals above compliance with norms and principles. Second, these two approaches to ownership tend to contradict one another; their simultaneous adoption by UN missions thus shows how local ownership is often applied in an uneven and inconsistent way.

Keywords:   actors, capacity, elite ownership, inclusion, liberal ownership, norms, operational goals

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