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Title African conflicts and informal power : big men and networks / edited by Mats Utas.
Imprint London ; New York : Zed Books : Published in association with the Nordic Africa Institute, 2012.

Series Africa now
Africa now (Zed Books)
Subject Politics and war -- Africa.
Conflict management -- Africa.
Alt Name Utas, Mats.
Nordiska Afrikainstitutet.
Description 1 online resource (vii, 255 pages) : illustrations, map
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents pt. 1. Country case studies -- pt. 2. Thematic case studies.
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified]: HathiTrust Digital Library. 2021.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2021. HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
ISBN 9781848138841 (electronic bk.)
1848138849 (electronic bk.)
9781848138858 (EPUB)
1848138857 (EPUB)
9781848138834 (cloth)
1848138830 (cloth)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613519979
OCLC # 787849187
Additional Format Print version: African conflicts and informal power. Zed Books, 2012 9781848138827 (OCoLC)748328862

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