Legitimacy Work’ and Transnational Policing: What does the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Island’s strategic narrative tell us about how interventions build legitimacy?

Police receive training in public order management. Source: www.ramsi.org

Event details

SSGM Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 20 February 2020


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building #8, ANU
ANU Canberra


Daniel McAvoy



This research uses the concept of ‘legitimacy work’ to examine the construction of legitimacy through discourses, narratives and practices of transnational policing. An interpretivist approach is adopted to investigate how the strategic narrative of the recently concluded Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (2003-2017) worked first to establish and sustain its own legitimacy, and subsequently to confer legitimacy on Solomon Islands state institutions, including the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

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