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International Governance of War-Torn TerritoriesRule and Reconstruction$
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Richard Caplan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263455

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199263450.001.0001

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The Exercise of Executive Authority

The Exercise of Executive Authority

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(p.179) 8 The Exercise of Executive Authority
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International Governance of War-Torn Territories
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Richard Caplan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199263450.003.0009

The extraordinary power available to international authorities raises questions about the effectiveness and appropriateness of seeking to impose outcomes and the implications of these actions for the development of local political culture and institutions. Examines the opportunities and limitations of rule by decree—with special reference to Bosnia and Herzegovina—and discusses the considerations that ought to govern the exercise of international authority. Observes that the heavy-handed approach to governance may not always be successful: it can generate a popular backlash against transitional administrators and inhibit the development of autonomous political capacity. However, without broad authority international administrators maybe frustrated in their efforts to achieve the aims of their mandates.

Keywords:   executive authority, High Representative, legitimacy, liberal state-building, local ownership

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