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Post-Conflict Institutional Design


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1: Introduction: Institutional Design, Peacebuilding, and Democracy -Abu Bakarr Bah 2: The African Human Rights System and the Right to Autonomy - Niklas Hultin 3: Democracy, Postwar Transition and Peacebuilding in Music Videos From Uganda -Okaka Opio Dokotum 4: Harnessing Memory Institutions for Peace and Justice: The Case of South Africa - David Mwambari & Iris Nxumalo 5: Natural Resource Reforms in Postwar Liberia and Sierra Leone: Contradictions and Tensions - Michael D. Beevers 6: Devolution and Electoral Violence in Kenya - Aditi Malik 7: Institutional Design, Democracy, and Peacebuilding in Africa - Abu Bakarr Bah & Fredrick Ogenga

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Examines the redesign of state institutions in post-war African countries arguing for a more consociational approach to peacebuilding and democracy.

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Abu Bakarr Bah is Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University, USA and Faculty Associate at the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies. He is also Editor-in-Chief of African Conflict & Peacebuilding Review and African Editor of Critical Sociology.


A creative multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the drivers of violent conflict in Africa, and an important set of contributions to the design of post-conflict political-institutional arrangements. * Alex de Waal, World Peace Foundation *
This book valuably illustrates how post-conflict institutional design provides no ready-made template for peaceful governance in Africa, but must be deeply integrated into an understanding of the sources of violence and available social mechanisms for its resolution in each specific case. * Christopher Clapham, University of Cambridge *
This is a thought provoking and interesting book that provides new perspectives on peacebuilding and democracy in Africa by bringing together a set of valuable case studies that combine empirical detail with new theoretical perspectives. I enjoyed it immensely. * Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham and author of Democracy in Africa *
In this innovative and holistic collection, a diverse cast of authors revisit questions of identity, economy and institutions in Africa with sensitivity and nuance. An excellent overview of the challenges and the strengths confronting the continent today. * Zachariah Mampilly, Baruch College *

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