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The clash of institutions: traditional authority, conflict and the failure of 'hybridity' in Buganda

Goodfellow, Tom and Lindemann, Stefan (2013) The clash of institutions: traditional authority, conflict and the failure of 'hybridity' in Buganda. Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 51 (1). pp. 3-26. ISSN 1466-2043

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14662043.2013.752175


In the context of the widespread 'resurgence' of traditional authorities in Africa, increasing attention has been devoted to the manner in which the institutions of the state combine with those of non-state authorities. While much of the debate has been focused on the implications for democracy, this paper addresses the relationship between traditional resurgence and violent conflict. An analytical framework that distinguishes between 'institutional hybridity' and different forms of 'institutional multiplicity' is presented. This is then explored through a case study of the Buganda Kingdom in Uganda, where institutional disputes over land and decentralisation can be linked to the violence between state forces and Kingdom supporters that erupted in 2009. The analysis underscores the importance of careful institutional analysis in cases of traditional resurgence in order to mitigate violent conflict outcomes.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2013 12:34
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2024 22:51

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