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The inverted cycle: Kabul and the strongmen's competition for control over Kandahar, 2001-2006

Giustozzi, Antonio and Ullah, N (2007) The inverted cycle: Kabul and the strongmen's competition for control over Kandahar, 2001-2006. Central Asian Survey, 26 (2). pp. 167-184. ISSN 0263-4937

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Abstract

Afghan tribes and local communities have been exposed to foreign patronage since at least the 19th century, but the scale of patronage relative to Afghanistan's internal economy increased dramatically after the late 1970s. Inevitably, this had a major impact on Afghanistan's own internal dynamics and on the mechanisms of political legitimisation. This article focuses on the province of Kandahar, which occupies a privileged space in Afghan politics and history, having given origin to almost all of the country's ruling elites. It deals with three groups of tribal strongmen, who tried to use tribally based patronage systems to stake a claim to local power.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t71...
Additional Information: © 2007 Ingenta
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Sets: Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2008 13:13
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/14715/

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