Civil War and State Formation: The Political Economy of War and Peace in Liberia

Civil War and State Formation: The Political Economy of War and Peace in Liberia

by Felix Gerdes

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Overview

The scene of two devastating civil wars since 1989, Liberia had widely been considered a failed state until the international professional Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was democratically elected president in 2005. This book investigates the political economy of civil war and democratic peace, arguing that the civil wars did not represent state decay, but exhibited dynamics characteristic of state formation. In the analysis of post-war developments, which emphasizes the intertwining of corruption and democracy under the new regime, Felix Gerdes details both political progress and persistent structural deficits of the polity.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783593398921
Publisher: Campus Verlag
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Series: Campus Verlag - Micropolitics of Violence Series , #9
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Felix Gerdes works as academic staff at Zaman University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

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