Post-Conflict Institutional Design: Building Peace and Democracy in Africa [Hardback]

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  • Formāts: Hardback, 256 pages, height x width: 222x140 mm
  • Izdošanas datums: 15-Jan-2020
  • Izdevniecība: Zed Books Ltd
  • ISBN-10: 1786997908
  • ISBN-13: 9781786997906
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  • Formāts: Hardback, 256 pages, height x width: 222x140 mm
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  • ISBN-10: 1786997908
  • ISBN-13: 9781786997906
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Since gaining independence from colonial rule, most African countries have been struggling to build democratic and peaceful states. While African multiparty politics may be viewed as democratic system of governance, in reality it is plagued by ethnic and regional political grievances that undermine meaningful democracy. Even though ethnicity and regionalism are not the only reasons for political violence, as often pointed out in the greed-grievance literature, they are key instruments for mobilization and organizing political violence in the service of elite interest.

By examining the post-conflict institutional reforms in several African countries, this book will not only shed light on the common causes of violent conflicts, but more importantly how institutional designs can affect the conditions for peace and democracy in Africa. As such, the book, focuses on conceptual and practical questions of designing ethnically and regionally inclusive state institutions and the way institutions are perceived by the citizenry. In particular, it addresses the issues of political autonomy and control over resources, which are often key sources of ethnic and regional grievances and demands for political autonomy. Moreover, it examined the symbolic and everyday meanings of institutional reforms and the overarching questions of institutional choices and ethnic and regional representation.

Recenzijas

'In this innovative and holistic collection, a diverse cast of authors revisit questions of identity, economy and institutions in Africa with sensitivity and nuance. An excellent overview of the challenges and the strengths confronting the continent today.' Zachariah Mampilly, Baruch College 'A creative multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the drivers of violent conflict in Africa, and an important set of contributions to the design of post-conflict political-institutional arrangements.' Alex de Waal, World Peace Foundation 'This is a thought provoking and interesting book that provides new perspectives on peacebuilding and democracy in Africa by bringing together a set of valuable case studies that combine empirical detail with new theoretical perspectives. I enjoyed it immensely.' Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham and author of Democracy in Africa 'This book valuably illustrates how post-conflict institutional design provides no ready-made template for peaceful governance in Africa, but must be deeply integrated into an understanding of the sources of violence and available social mechanisms for its resolution in each specific case.' Christopher Clapham, University of Cambridge

1: Introduction: Institutional Design, Peacebuilding, and Democracy -Abu Bakarr Bah 2: The African Human Rights System and the Right to Autonomy - Niklas Hultin 3: Democracy, Postwar Transition and Peacebuilding in Music Videos From Uganda -Okaka Opio Dokotum 4: Harnessing Memory Institutions for Peace and Justice: The Case of South Africa - David Mwambari & Iris Nxumalo 5: Natural Resource Reforms in Postwar Liberia and Sierra Leone: Contradictions and Tensions - Michael D. Beevers 6: Devolution and Electoral Violence in Kenya - Aditi Malik 7: Institutional Design, Democracy, and Peacebuilding in Africa - Abu Bakarr Bah & Fredrick Ogenga
Abu Bakarr Bah is Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University and Faculty Associate at the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies. He is also Editor-in-Chief of African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review and African Editor of Critical Sociology.