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Title:Maandeeq: the dilemma of the post-colonial state in Somalia
Author:Ismail, Abdirashid A.
Year:2016
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Volume:25
Issue:1
Pages:1-22
Language:English
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:State
political conditions
Link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol25num1/ismail.pdf
Abstract:Since its inception in 1960, the Somali Republic has had two main missions: socio-political unification of the Somalis in the Horn of Africa and socio-economic development of the new nation and, accordingly, these were the key issues to be addressed by the post-colonial state in Somalia. However, neither of the two objectives was achieved by the civilian regime in power during the first decade of post-colonial Somalia. By employing the contract theory of the state, I will investigate why the civilian regime failed to achieve meaningful national goals. Using the literature and surveying historical archives and oral traditions, I will compare the post-colonial state in Somalia with the ideal liberal democratic state developed in the social science literature. The article shows that the post-colonial state in Somalia was a distorted version of the liberal democratic state and the failure of the civilian regime could be associated with these distortions. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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