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Policing, rule of law, state capacity and sustainable peace in Timor-Leste

Kingsbury, Damien 2010, Policing, rule of law, state capacity and sustainable peace in Timor-Leste, Journal of international peacekeeping, vol. 14, no. 3-4, pp. 353-374.

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Title Policing, rule of law, state capacity and sustainable peace in Timor-Leste
Author(s) Kingsbury, DamienORCID iD for Kingsbury, Damien
Journal name Journal of international peacekeeping
Volume number 14
Issue number 3-4
Start page 353
End page 374
Total pages 22
Publisher Martinus Nijhoff
Place of publication Leiden, Netherlands
Publication date 2010-09
ISSN 1875-4104
Summary This paper sets out to demonstrate the link between development, state capacity and peace, employing Timor-Leste as the case study. It employs the association between state capacity and development to illustrate where if state capacity is lacking or functions improperly there is likely to be a low level of state legitimacy. This in turn manifests as lack of respect for or failure of rule of law, developing as generalised lawlessness and anti-state activity and eventually manifesting as intra-state or civil conflict. In particular, policing is seen as a critical component in state legitimacy, being the 'front line' of the judicial system from which legitimacy ultimately derives. This issue is particularly critical in states emerging from traditional legal and judicial structures, but which have not yet articulated into 'rational-legal' structures. Ipso facto, key state institutions, such as the judicial system and police are required to function well, while these are alone not enough to guarantee peace, they are significant contributors to and guarantors of peace.
Language eng
Field of Research 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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