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The limits to state failure : armed non-state actors and the maintenance of social order in Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea

Drummond, Bruce John


This thesis is an examination of the role of armed sub-state actors in situations where the state is weak or failing. There is a substantial body of literature on state failure and on the role of warlords. For the most part there are considerable problems with the definitions of both concepts and also strongly negative assumptions about the consequences of state failure and the role of warlords. It is suggested in this study that warlordism can be a type of transitional leadership for...[Show more]

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