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What role can decentralisation play in state-building? Lessons from Timor-Leste and Bougainville

Wallis, Joanne


Decentralisation may play a role in building new and post-conflict states; where liberal state institutions are often built before a transition from local to state-level modes of political organisation has occurred. Decentralisation can provide space to recognise local sociopolitical institutions via a 'liberal-local hybrid', which may assist state-building. This article draws on case studies of Timor-Leste and Bougainville to argue that decentralisation to liberal-local hybrid institutions can...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013-11
Type: Journal article
Source: Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 51.4 (2013): 424-446
DOI: 10.1080/14662043.2013.841005


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