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Hybrid governance in Puntland - understanding the relationship between modern and traditional governance

Sheikh Ahmed, Nasra LU (2013) SIMV29 20131
Department of Political Science
Graduate School
Abstract (Swedish)
Abstract

In an era of globalization and “modernization”, there has been ample focus on developing and post-colonial countries in emerging into what is known as modern nation-states. Amid the high agenda of international organizations in promoting “good governance”, democratic principles and forming state-building models, there has been certain pressure on post-colonial countries, often including post-conflict countries, to conform to the current standard of statehood and governance. While much of the current academic literature regarding this phenomena emphasizes the challenges and opportunities in the process of transitioning toward democracy and establishing peaceful and stable modern states. This thesis on the other hand, tries to... (More)
Abstract

In an era of globalization and “modernization”, there has been ample focus on developing and post-colonial countries in emerging into what is known as modern nation-states. Amid the high agenda of international organizations in promoting “good governance”, democratic principles and forming state-building models, there has been certain pressure on post-colonial countries, often including post-conflict countries, to conform to the current standard of statehood and governance. While much of the current academic literature regarding this phenomena emphasizes the challenges and opportunities in the process of transitioning toward democracy and establishing peaceful and stable modern states. This thesis on the other hand, tries to highlight and understand the interactions between “traditional” and “modern” forms of governance that simultaneously co-exist, such as in the autonomous state of Puntland, Somalia, where this case-study takes root. Furthermore, it serves to explore the hybrid governance by analyzing the various institutions, authorities and structures that interact in a stateless and post-colonial environment. This research is based on a case-study method in understanding the dynamic social and political structures of the much complex governance system in Puntland and gaining insight in the specific context. Based on the theoretical framework of governance and post-colonial theory with a critical approach toward modernization theory and state-hood concepts, I attempt to analyze the relation between the contrasting systems of governance and explore whether they can become harmonized. (Less)
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author
Sheikh Ahmed, Nasra LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMV29 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Governance Somalia Traditional-modern relations Political systems Clan
language
English
id
4016650
date added to LUP
2013-10-10 12:16:13
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2013-10-10 12:16:13
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  abstract     = {Abstract

In an era of globalization and “modernization”, there has been ample focus on developing and post-colonial countries in emerging into what is known as modern nation-states. Amid the high agenda of international organizations in promoting “good governance”, democratic principles and forming state-building models, there has been certain pressure on post-colonial countries, often including post-conflict countries, to conform to the current standard of statehood and governance. While much of the current academic literature regarding this phenomena emphasizes the challenges and opportunities in the process of transitioning toward democracy and establishing peaceful and stable modern states. This thesis on the other hand, tries to highlight and understand the interactions between “traditional” and “modern” forms of governance that simultaneously co-exist, such as in the autonomous state of Puntland, Somalia, where this case-study takes root. Furthermore, it serves to explore the hybrid governance by analyzing the various institutions, authorities and structures that interact in a stateless and post-colonial environment. This research is based on a case-study method in understanding the dynamic social and political structures of the much complex governance system in Puntland and gaining insight in the specific context. Based on the theoretical framework of governance and post-colonial theory with a critical approach toward modernization theory and state-hood concepts, I attempt to analyze the relation between the contrasting systems of governance and explore whether they can become harmonized.},
  author       = {Sheikh Ahmed, Nasra},
  keyword      = {Governance Somalia Traditional-modern relations Political systems Clan},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Hybrid governance in Puntland - understanding the relationship between modern and traditional governance},
  year         = {2013},
}