How does violence affect the everyday lives of citizens in the global South? Researching this theme under the aegis of the Violence, Participation and Citizenship group of the Citizenship DRC coordinated by IDS, the DRC generated some answers, but also more questions, which this synthesis paper starts to explore. Why have democratisation processes failed to fulfil expectations of violence reduction in the global South? How does violence affect democracy and vice versa? Why does security practice in much of the global South not build secure environments? When examined empirically from the perspectives of poor Southern citizens, the interfaces between violence, security and democracy – assumed in conventional state and democratisation theory to be positive or benign – are often, in fact, perverse.
J. Pearce and R. McGee with J. Wheeler. Violence, Security and Democracy: Perverse Interfaces and their Implications for States and Citizens in the Global South. IDS Working Paper No. 357. Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK, (2011) 39 pp. ISBN 978 1 85864 966 8