Transnational Actors in War and Peace edited by David Malet and Miriam J. Anderson (Georgetown University Press, 2017).

Chapter 4: Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff Beyond the Conflict: Diasporas and Postconflict Government Reconstruction”

Beyond the Conflict: Diasporas and Post-conflict Government Reconstruction

This chapter specifically examines diaspora participation in post-conflict or fragile state government reconstruction. Conflict- affected countries tend to be limited- access orders, characterized by personal relationships forming a dominant coalition providing “only limited access to organizations, privileges, and valuable resources and activities. Theory related to limited- access orders, and neo-institutional theory more generally, tends to radically underplay the role of individual agency in fomenting change.

About the Author
Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff is Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and an MPA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She teaches courses on public service, international development policy and administration, development management, and organizational behavior. She is particularly keen on encouraging people to pursue service careers, thoughtfully grounding their commitment to change in self-awareness and working in communities.