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Governance through Brokerage: Informal Governance in Post-Civil War Societies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2022-6985
2016 (English)In: Civil Wars, ISSN 1369-8249, E-ISSN 1743-968X, Vol. 18, no 3, 255-280 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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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2016. Vol. 18, no 3, 255-280 p.
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294372DOI: 10.1080/13698249.2016.1215639OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294372DiVA: diva2:929636
Available from: 2016-05-19 Created: 2016-05-19 Last updated: 2016-09-16Bibliographically approved

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