Expansive Intervention as Neo-Institutional Learning: Root Causes in the Merida Initiative

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Peter Finkenbusch – 2016

Interventions since the 1990s have greatly expanded in policy scope. While neo-liberals understand expansion as an attempt to work on the enabling preconditions of liberal market democracy, Foucauldian governmentality studies see in expansion a set of increasingly intrusive disciplinary techniques of responsibilization. This paper introduces an alternative lens: neo-institutional learning. Through a case study of the Merida Initiative, a US–Mexican security cooperation agreement, the paper argues that expansion grows serendipitously out of the repetitive discovery of new, ‘deeper’ unknowns within a neo-institutional framework of analysis. Importantly, downward penetration requires deconstructing reductionist liberal-universal knowledge claims. Paradoxically, then, the more statebuilders learn (empirically), the less they know (analytically).

Titel
Expansive Intervention as Neo-Institutional Learning: Root Causes in the Merida Initiative
Verlag
Taylor & Francis Group
Ort
London
Schlagwörter
Mexiko, Externe Akteure, State-Building, Intervention, Teilprojekt C3
Datum
2016
Kennung
ISSN 1750-2977
Erschienen in
Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding Vol. 10 No. 2. pp. 162-180.
Sprache
eng
Art
Text