The rise of an anti-politics machinery: peace, civil society and the focus on results in Myanmar

Bächtold, Stefan. (2015) The rise of an anti-politics machinery: peace, civil society and the focus on results in Myanmar. Third World Quarterly, 36 (10). pp. 1968-1983.

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'Results', 'value for money', 'effectiveness' and similar buzzwords have become commonplace in development cooperation and peace building. The use of technical instruments such as project cycle management and evaluations is hardly questioned anymore: these are presented as a minor shift of focus to make current practice more effective. This paper argues that there is far more to this shift: a machinery of practices and institutions has been installed that removes political questions on development or peace from the political realm and places them under the rule of technical experts. Drawing on a Foucauldian understanding of discourse analysis, the paper analyses how this machinery prioritises gradual reform, subjugates other approaches to societal change and reproduces power/knowledge networks in both the global South and North. Based on ethnographic field research in Myanmar, it also explores discursive strategies of local actors and assesses how they are aiming to create spaces to challenge this machinery.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > swisspeace foundation > Peace Research (Goetschel)
UniBasel Contributors:Baechtold, Stefan
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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