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Feeding the Horse: Unofficial Economic Activities within the Police Force in the DR Congo
School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg and the Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7702-2000
Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
2011 (English)In: African Security, ISSN 1939-2206, E-ISSN 1939-2214, Vol. 4, no 4, 223-241 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on original interview material, this article addresses the organization of unofficial economic activities within the Congolese (Democratic Republic of the Congo) police force. In contrast to dominant assumptions in security sector reform discourses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in which property violations tend to be portrayed as disorganized, ad-hoc activities, following from irregular and insufficient salaries, the article shows how property violations are highly organized with large portions flowing upward in the chain of command. However, the article also argues for the need to go beyond one-dimensional notions of “unrestrained predation” and simplistic dichotomies between civilians (victims) and police/military (predators). Furthermore, it argues for a more contextual analysis in which the core security sector institutions are situated more firmly in the political and economic context in which they operate.

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2011. Vol. 4, no 4, 223-241 p.
Keyword [en]
Security sector reform, police reform, property violations, unofficial economic activities, corruption, the Democratic Republic of Congo
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Political Science Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331079DOI: 10.1080/19392206.2011.628629OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-331079DiVA: diva2:1148259
Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2017-10-10Bibliographically approved

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