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Extralegal groups in post-conflict Liberia : how trade makes the state

Author: Christine Cheng
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In the aftermath of the Liberian civil war, groups of ex-combatants seized control of natural resource enclaves in the rubber, diamond, and timber sectors. With some of them threatening a return to war, these groups were widely viewed as the most significant threats to Liberia's hard-won peace. Building on fieldwork and socio-historical analysis, this book shows how extralegal groups are driven to provide basic  Read more...
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Cheng, Christine.
Extralegal groups in post-conflict Liberia. How trade makes the state.
Corby : Oxford University Press 2018
(OCoLC)1019665830
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Cheng
ISBN: 9780191654312 0191654310 9780191755910 0191755915
OCLC Number: 1035556599
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2019 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Extralegal Groups in Post-Conflict Liberia: How Trade Makes the State; Copyright; Dedication; Acknowledgments; To My Friends in Africa; To My Academic Colleagues; To My Friends and Family; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; WHAT IS AN EXTRALEGAL GROUP?; THE RESEARCH QUESTIONS, AND SOME ANSWERS; I. How do extralegal groups emerge, develop, and become locally entrenched after the end of civil war?; II. What purpose do extralegal groups serve?; THE SPECTRUM OF EXTRALEGAL GROUPS-FROMNASCENT TO FULLY DEVELOPED. Why Are Extralegal Groups Important?THE EXTRALEGAL GROUPS FRAMEWORK; About the Framework; Findings from Liberia; THE ARGUMENT; Extralegal Groups Are Statebuilders and Contribute to State Learning; Trade Makes the Contemporary State; DEFINITIONS; Defining the State and Statebuilding; Defining "Post-Conflict"; THEMES OF THE BOOK; The "Good" State; Alternative Governance; Overlapping Spheres of Crime and Conflict; The Quality of Peace; National peace does not imply local peace; Consolidating peace; Rethinking the Resource Curse; WHY READ THIS BOOK?; OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK. Part I: Extralegal Groups1: How to Study Extralegal Groups; SAME CAR, DIFFERENT DRIVER? WARLORDS, ORGANIZED CRIME, MAFIAS, BIG MEN; Aren't These Warlords?; CONFLICT CAPITAL; Conflict Capital as a Moral Resource; THE IMPORTANCE OF TIME HORIZONS FOR GOVERNANCE PROVISION; Evaluating Assets Using Present Value; RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY; THE MICRO-LEVEL AND MESO-LEVEL; THE IMPORTANCE OF POLITICS, PEOPLE, AND PLACE; WHY LIBERIA?; GATHERING DATA; LIMITATIONS; 2: Theoretical Framework; POST-CONFLICT CONDITIONS; Weak State Capacity and the Potential of the Post-Conflict Moment. Do Citizens Feel Their States Have Political Legitimacy?Providers of Trust; Reliance on Peacekeepers and External Security Providers; EMERGENCE OF EXTRALEGAL GROUPS; Extralegal Groups as Regulators; Short-Term and Long-Term Time Horizons Are Not Viable; Medium-Term Time Horizons; DEVELOPMENT; "Taxation" and Public Goods; ENTRENCHMENT; Entrenchment and Corruption; From Entrenchment to an Impersonal Sphere; The State's Response to Extralegal Groups; A Race for Capacity; THE FUNCTIONS OF EXTRALEGAL GROUPS; Dispute Resolution and Regulation; Employment for Ex-Combatants and Local Populations. A Social Support NetworkDepersonalizing Dispute Resolution; CONCLUSION; Part II: How Context Matters; 3: History and Society; THE CONGO-NATIVE CLEAVAGE; The Settlers Cannot Be Trusted; Congo Dominance through the State; PACIFYING THE INTERIOR; Originally, Separate Polities; Indirect Rule and the LFF; FIRESTONE: A MODEL FOR EXTRALEGAL GROUPS; The Arrival of Firestone; Reconfiguring Power; The Exploitation of Native Labor; Firestone as Role Model; THE OPEN DOOR POLICY; CONCLUSION; 4: Civil War; THE STATE DISINTEGRATES; NATURAL RESOURCES; Rule by the Gun.
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This book examines how the economic survival strategies of former fighters in Liberia can help explain the trajectories of war-to-peace transitions.  Read more...

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