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Governance through Brokerage: Informal Governance in Post-Civil War Societies
The Nordic Africa Institute, Research Unit. Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för freds- och konfliktforskning.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1884-8109
Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi.
2016 (English)In: Civil Wars, ISSN 1369-8249, E-ISSN 1743-968X, Vol. 18, no 3, 255-280 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is currently a lack of knowledge about how elites rule post-civil war societies without strong state institutions. This paper argues that elites oftentimes overcome such institutional deficiencies by engaging in governance through brokerage. According to this perspective, elites outsource central state functions to influential broker figures. This is particularly true when dealing with war-affected groups that possess much violent agency. By functioning as social membranes, brokers can help elites and war-affected groups to redefine a new social contract. Liberia is employed as an example to illustrate the paper’s central arguments.

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2016. Vol. 18, no 3, 255-280 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-2081OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-2081DiVA: diva2:1060005
Available from: 2016-12-27 Created: 2016-12-27 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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