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African Conflicts and Informal Power

Big Men and Networks

March 8, 2012 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781848138827
$64.95
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Description

In the aftermath of an armed conflict in Africa, the international community both produces and demands from local partners a variety of blueprints for reconstructing state and society. The aim is to re-formalize the state after what is viewed as a period of fragmentation. In reality, African economies and polities are very much informal in character, with informal actors, including so-called Big Men, often using their positions in the formal structure as a means to reach their own goals.

Through a variety of in-depth case studies, including the DRC, Sierra Leone and Liberia, African Conflicts and Informal Power shows how important informal political and economic networks are in many of the continent's conflict areas. Moreover, it demonstrates that without a proper understanding of the impact of these networks, attempts to formalize African states, particularly those emerging from wars, will be in vain.

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About this Author

Matt Utas is Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden.

ISBN: 9781848138827
Format: Trade Paperback
Series: Africa Now
Pages: 264
Publisher: Zed Books
Published: 2012-03-08

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