Understanding Legitimate Authority: the Local and Everyday Peacebuilding in an Era of Enhanced Mobility
International peacebuilding and stabilisation interveners regard enhanced partnerships at the local level as the solution to their problem of a lack of legitimacy among the intervened. Terms like local ‘ownership’, ‘partnership’ and ‘participation’ and conflict sensitivity litter recent peacebuilding, stabilisation and governance projects and programmes. Yet, it is not clear what, who or where constitutes local legitimate authority. This project seeks to:
1. Understand – through comparative research – what the local means in terms of legitimacy, and
2. Investigate how meaningful interactions can be had between interveners (and their proxies) and actors and networks at the local level.