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Dissent and Opposition among Ex-Combatants in Liberia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2011 (English)In: Democratization, ISSN 1351-0347, E-ISSN 1743-890X, Vol. 18, no 5, 1146-1167 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This contribution uses focus groups to evaluate the extent to which ex-combatants in Liberia adhere to ideals of pluralism. Specifically, this involves their views on dissent or freedom of speech, as well as the role of the opposition in Liberia. How do they deal with criticism at an individual level as well as the level of the state? While the ex-combatants recognized the ideal of freedom of speech, and indeed linked that to their definition of democracy, they shun open criticism, largely because of a fear of conflict and violence. The political context of Liberia, does not, to them, appear stable enough to handle an open conflict of opinion.

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Routledge , 2011. Vol. 18, no 5, 1146-1167 p.
Keyword [en]
ex-combatants, tolerance, political opposition, democratization, focus groups
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160785DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2011.603471ISI: 000299438700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-160785DiVA: diva2:452982
Available from: 2011-10-31 Created: 2011-10-31 Last updated: 2012-04-03Bibliographically approved

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