Spatialising political settlements
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Insight 4


Jonathan Goodhand and Patrick Meehan present an  analysis of ‘spatialised political settlements’, which explores  the implications of borderlands for understanding how political  settlements are negotiated and agreed. Political settlements  analysis has become an influential policy tool over recent years  and has been used to challenge the conventional view that  effective peacebuilding is underpinned by good governance  and establishing the ‘right institutions’. A borderlands  perspective emphasises the important spatial dimensions  of bargaining between political groups and draws attention to how sub-national political processes are central to the  making and unmaking of political order at regional, national  and international levels.