Expansive intervention as neo-institutional learning: root causes in the Merida Initiative

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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).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-180
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2016

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in
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Keywords

  • Statebuilding
  • Neo-liberalism
  • Latin America
  • Governmentality
  • Neo-institutionalism Introduction

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Expansive intervention as neo-institutional learning : root causes in the Merida Initiative. / Finkenbusch, Peter.

In: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Vol. 10, No. 2, 16.02.2016, p. 162-180.

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