State-society relations and citizenship

State-society relations and citizenship


How to use this guide

This Topic Guide supplement, State-Society Relations and Citizenship in Situations of Conflict and Fragility, can be read online usng the links at the top of this page. Alternatively, the full supplement can be downloaded as a PDF (286 KB).

About this guide

Statebuilding and peacebuilding, while conceptually distinct, are becoming more closely integrated in academic and policy circles. This Topic Guide supplement is one of two supplements that explore this development:

  • Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Situations of Conflict and Fragility looks at the links (and tensions) between statebuilding and peacebuilding, how these activities interact, and how they can be approached in practice.
  • State-Society Relations and Citizenship in Situations of Conflict and Fragility looks at concepts of state-society relations, civic trust, citizenship and socio-political cohesion in relation to statebuilding and peacebuilding.

These publications, written by Huma Haider in 2010, highlight key issues and debates for each topic covered and identify relevant references. They are to be read in conjunction with the GSDRC’s Conflict and Fragile States Topic Guides, in particular the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding chapters. Links to relevant sections from these and other chapters of the guides are highlighted throughout.

The GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Alina Rocha Menochal (Overseas Development Institute); Alex Stevens (DFID) and Anna Miles (DFID). Comments, questions or documents can be sent to Huma Haider.

Latest additions

The supplement was last updated in December 2011, when the document summaries below were added. It was also reviewed in February 2012.