The implications of accumulated grievances and memories of political violence to the process of administrative decentralization in Mozambique

Igreja, Victor (2013) The implications of accumulated grievances and memories of political violence to the process of administrative decentralization in Mozambique. Review of Political Studies , 6 (1). pp. 181-199. ISSN 2177-2851

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Abstract

Political grievances accumulated in the course of protracted civil wars constitutive major challenges for democratic decentralization in various postconflict countries in Africa. However these types of problems have not been thoroughly accounted for in the political sciences literature. In Mozambique, the persistent attempts by the Mozambican main opposition party, Renamo, to officially inscribe in the country’s landscape their own version of the post-independence civil war (1976-1992) offers an interesting context ‘to espy alternatives’ in relation to the effects of civil wars in the constitution of new democratic practices and institutions. The overall analyses demonstrate how grievances over memories of violence can paradoxically hamper and reinforce political pluralism and democratic decentralization in Mozambique.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Open Access Journal under Creative Commons licence.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 05:18
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2017 06:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: War memories, democratization, administrative decentralization, Mozambique
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28302

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