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The clash of practice: political controversy and the United Nations Peacebuilding commission

Bueger, Christian ORCID: 2011. The clash of practice: political controversy and the United Nations Peacebuilding commission. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice 7 (2) , pp. 171-191. 10.1332/174426411X579216

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Controversy is at the heart of politics. Theories of practice offer a productive way of understanding controversies and potentially negotiating in them. In this paper, drawing on the work of Theodore Schatzki, Michel Callon and Bruno Latour, I introduce a heuristic for understanding controversies. I argue that what is often at stake in controversies are different types of practices of how a political issue should be handled. I introduce five of these types of practices. I analyse a case from global politics to demonstrate the value of such a perspective - the controversies in the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission are analysed as clashes between different practices of handling peacebuilding.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Publisher: Policy Press
ISSN: 1744-2648
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:44

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