Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

New article: Governance through brokerage

2016-09-15

Mats Utas and Anders Themnér has published an article in the Journal Civil Wars: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13698249.2016.1215639

From the abstract: 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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