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Federal solutions to state failure in Africa
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research; Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
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Abstract [en]

As a legal-constitutional system of government of fairly rigid rules and practices, federalism in Africa might not have a positive image, but the overall relevance and utility of federalism for state-building on the continent has been grossly underestimated, for reasons related to narrow legal-constitutional standards.

This paper shows that federal solutions offer the relevant framework and principles for rebuilding the state as a decolonial construct of collective ownership, shared rule and self-rule. The central argument is that the unravelling of the received state, whose failure is manifest in the contestations, conflicts and wars, and overall inability to function as a state, provides the opportunity for renegotiating and re-bargaining the state.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet; Uppsala universitet , 2020. , p. 56
Series
Claude Ake Memorial Papers, ISSN 1654-7489 ; 12
Keywords [en]
Federalism, State, Politics, Governance, State collapse, Africa
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2395ISBN: 978-91-7106-866-8 (print)ISBN: 978-91-7106-867-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2395DiVA, id: diva2:1464148
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CONTENTS: Foreword. -- Introduction. -- State failure. -- Federal solutions. -- Federal solutions to state failure. -- Conclusions. -- Acknowledgements. -- Bibliography.

Available from: 2020-09-04 Created: 2020-09-04 Last updated: 2020-09-04Bibliographically approved

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