State-building Interventions in Post-Conflict Liberia: Building a State without Citizens, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

State-building Interventions in Post-Conflict Liberia

Building a State without Citizens, 1st Edition

By Susanne Mulbah

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266 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Post-conflict Liberia has been subjected to extensive international state-building, at some point hosting the largest and one of the longest UN peacekeeping missions in the world, and inflow of aid that exceeds in multiples the GDP. In order to understand the international state-building efforts in Liberia, it is pertinent to reflect them against the extractive and predatory nature of the Liberian republic, and the central role natural resources exploitation and plantations have played in accommodating transnational interest in the country’s abundant natural resources and fertile land.

This book focuses on the political economy of Liberian state-building, and in particular the question of the governance of natural resources. By combining a historical perspective and ethnographic knowledge, the author examines a number of interrelated questions: How was access to the state distributed in Liberian state-building? How are those to be governed and their representation included in political economic decision making, and more particularly, in decisions over natural resources governance?

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of state-building, international development, African political science and political economy.

Table of Contents

Introduction 

1. The Path of the Liberian State from Settler Colony to Failed State 

2. State-Building Interventions 

3. Limited Access State 

4. Electoral Democracy  

5. Regime Security or Human Security  

6. Rule of Law: Which Law? 

7. Political Economy: From Conditionality to Concessionary Economic Policy 

8. Land Rights: ‘Protecting Integrity of Indigenous Land Rights’? 

Conclusion - Extractivism, Economic Rights and Legitimacy 

About the Author

Dr Susanne Mulbah is an Associate Fellow within the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London, UK.

About the Series

African Governance

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL034000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace
POL041000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
POL053000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / African