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Conflict Management, Decentralization and Agropastoralism in Dryland West Africa

Matthew D. Turner, Augustine A. Ayantunde, Kristen P. Patterson and E. Daniel Patterson

World Development, 2012, vol. 40, issue 4, 745-757

Abstract: This paper reports on a four-site study conducted in the Sahelian zone of Niger. The study takes a novel mixed methods approach for understanding conflict management from the perspective of rural peoples by not only describing past highly publicized conflicts but also by analyzing the steps rural peoples follow to management disagreements that arise in their everyday lives. This “bottom-up” approach reveals both a capacity and preference among our informants to manage disagreements informally without involving village or extra-village authorities. Decentralization initiatives, by reworking the authority and responsibilities of authority-based systems, affect the role that these informal mechanisms, as mediated by social norms and relations, play in conflict management.

Keywords: Africa; Niger; common property; governance; legal pluralism; social capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2011.09.017

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