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Title:Conflict, mediation, and the African State: how foreign support and democracy lead to strong political order
Author:Glawion, Tim
Year:2013
Periodical:African security (ISSN 1939-2206)
Volume:6
Issue:1
Pages:38-66
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:State collapse
State formation
conflict
war
democracy
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19392206.2013.759476
Abstract:Anarchy and war reigning throughout Africa threaten to bring about a 'failed' continent. This article, on the contrary, argues that to understand the evolution of African state systems, political order should be defined as a conflict mediation institution and process. Through a quantitative analysis, this paper challenges Charles Tilly's notion that interstate war helps build states and challenges the idea that foreign support retards state building. Democracy, and a complex three-dimensional relationship between intrastate war, political order, and foreign support, on the other hand, can have a positive impact on state strength. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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