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Title:Peace and power sharing in Africa: a not so obvious relationship
Author:Mehler, AndreasISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:108
Issue:432
Pages:453-473
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Kenya
Liberia
Subjects:peace treaties
power-sharing
2000-2009
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4642B511C5335619B1F7
Abstract:Peace accords usually involve top politicians and military leaders, who negotiate, sign, and/or benefit from an agreement. What is conspicuously absent from such negotiations is broad-based participation by those who should benefit in the first place: citizens. More specifically, the local level of security provision and insecurity production is rarely taken into account. The author screens the major African peace agreements from the period 1999-2007 for their power-sharing content. In particular, he analyses two country cases of peace agreements (Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire) and one post-election crisis settlement (Kenya). The analysis of these cases shows important variations in power-sharing devices and why it is important to ask who is sharing power with whom. The conclusion is that experiences with power-sharing are mixed and far less positive than assumed by outside negotiators. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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