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Title:From nation-State to stateless nation: the Somali experience
Author:Notten, Michael vanISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Volume:58
Issue:2
Pages:147-157
Language:English
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:kinship
political systems
Abstract:After the abolishment of its oppressive central government in 1992, Somalia now shows signs of recovery, notwithstanding the devastations of civil war and political chaos. The remarkable change in the country's political stucture shows that there is a viable alternative to democracy. In fact, the Somali returned to their traditional, precolonial system of clan government. In several regions, society managed to rebuild itself without the interference of a central State, which was a legacy from the colonial period and which was always in conflict with Somali political reality. This article discusses Somali clan law, features of Somali clan government or kritarchy, and pressures for the re-introduction of a central government and Western-style democracy. Ref., sum. in Italian and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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