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Empire in Denial

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Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations 1. Introduction: Empire in Denial 2. State-Building States without Sovereignty 3. The Governance of Government 4. The Ethics of Empire in Denial 5. Denial of the EU's Eastern Empire 6. Denying the Bosnian Protectorate 7. Techniques of Evasion (1) Anti-Corruption Initiatives 8. Techniques of Evasion (2) The Rule of Law 9. Conclusion: Six Theses on Phantom States and Empire in Denial References Index

About the Author

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. He has written widely on democracy, human rights and international relations and is also the author of From Kosovo to Kabul: Human Rights and International Intervention (Pluto Press) and Constructing Global Civil Society: Morality and Power in International Relations (2004), editor of Rethinking Human Rights: Critical Approaches to International Politics (2002) and Peace without Politics: Ten Years of State-Building in Bosnia (2005), and co-editor of Global Civil Society: Contested Futures (2005).


'A strong, original critique of the Western ideologies of rule that threaten to destroy democracy in order to save it' -- Robert M. Hayden, University of Pittsburgh 'David Chandler's book is a very important one, with a powerful and convincing thesis' -- Didier Bigo, Professor of International Relations, Sciences-Po (Institut d'Etudes Politiques), Paris 'A provocative and insightful study which raises many important questions about how the international community employs its power and resources' -- Lenard Cohen, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia 'A most valuable contribution to the debate on state-and peace-building interventions. It moreover hints at the inadequacy of literature that lumps Western states, intervening agencies and post-conflict societies into one analytical field' -- Alex Veit, Development and Change

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