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Handbook of Governance and Security

Handbook of Governance and Security

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Edited by James Sperling

The Handbook of Governance and Security examines the conceptual evolution of security governance and the different manifestations of regional security governance. In particular, James Sperling brings together unique contributions from leading scholars to explore the role of institutions that have emerged as critical suppliers of security governance and the ever-widening set of security issues that can be viewed profitably through a governance lens.

Chapter 17: Conflict management

Charlotte Wagnsson and Arita Holmberg

Subjects: politics and public policy, international politics, international relations, regulation and governance, terrorism and security


Contemporary conflict management frequently includes but is not limited to the use of force. Conflict resolution is a highly complex venture that demands a combination of military and civilian efforts and interaction among a variety of actors, including those party to the conflict, non-combatant civilians and a large number of external third-party participants ranging from military organizations to NGOs. The frequent use of catchwords such as ‘comprehensive approach’, ‘hearts and minds’, ‘state building’ and ‘gender’ indicates that actors in security management have become increasingly aware of the need for ever more elaborate approaches going far beyond the traditional notion of military victory in the field as the main goal of political action. The activities undertaken are complicated and conflict management practices must deal with the dynamics of modern-day society. We position contemporary conflict management in a security governance context and highlight challenges and opportunities in the field. This chapter is structured along a definition of governance that moves beyond state-centrism and allows for a multifaceted analysis of governance; according to Webber et al. (2004: 4) ‘governance involves the coordinated management and regulation of issues by multiple and separate authorities, the interventions of both public and private actors (depending upon the issue), formal and informal arrangements, in turn structured by discourse and norms, and purposefully directed toward particular policy outcomes’.

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