Public Authority

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    What Land Governance in Uganda can teach us about #PublicAuthority

What Land Governance in Uganda can teach us about #PublicAuthority

Carolin Dieterle investigates the how, when and where of large-scale land investments in Uganda.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

In the last decade since the financial and food price crisis of 2007/08, large tracts of land across the developing world, especially in Africa, have been acquired by […]

Family politics and female authority in Sierra Leone

In Freetown, Sierra Leone, electoral politics is not the dominant form of politics. Jonah Lipton sheds light on the significance of family politics and the prominence of women in these decision-making processes.

 This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

 

In March of this year general elections were held in […]

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    From ‘saved’ to secularised: the challenges facing former LRA fighters after reintegration into their communities

From ‘saved’ to secularised: the challenges facing former LRA fighters after reintegration into their communities

While rehabilitating and reintegrating former LRA fighters, the international NGO World Vision emphasises Christian values of forgiveness. Despite this, few returnees remain ‘saved’ once they return to their communities. Dr Grace Akello investigates why this is the case, and what this means for reintegration programmes in the future.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of […]

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    Exploring boat operators’ perceptions of taxation on the Congo River #PublicAuthority

Exploring boat operators’ perceptions of taxation on the Congo River #PublicAuthority

Maria Eriksson Baaz and Judith Verweijen’s research among boat operators on the Congo River has given them a deeper insight into state-society relations in the Central African country.

 This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

The Congolese state is often called “predatory”. Indeed, it has a long history of […]

#PublicAuthority through the eyes of a Dead Fish

Duncan Green is fascinated about just how much can be learned about public authority by tracking fish – from the lake to the market.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

One of the highlights of the May 2018 conference in Ghent was a presentation by Esther Marijnen about her research in […]

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    What I learned about #PublicAuthority from spending two days with a bunch of anthropologists, political scientists and others

What I learned about #PublicAuthority from spending two days with a bunch of anthropologists, political scientists and others

Duncan Green reviews the annual CPAID workshop during which Public Authority researchers had a chance to discuss their upcoming work. 

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

The Centre for Public Authority and International Development had its annual get together in May 2018. It really hurt my head, but the pain was […]

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    How #PublicAuthority is legitimised by making decisions in the right way

How #PublicAuthority is legitimised by making decisions in the right way

In Northern Uganda, Public Authority is shared and contested between state institutions, traditional actors, local norms and cosmologies. With such a variety of actors, how are competing claims to public authority legitimised? Damir Kapidžić examines the role of mediation as a form of throughput legitimacy in land conflict-resolution processes in Northern Uganda.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog […]

Book Review – Why We Lie About Aid by Pablo Yanguas

According to Thomas Kirk, this book is an engaging rallying cry to reinterpret our discourses around aid and move away from quantifying successes based solely on value for money.

Every so often you read something that brilliantly articulates an idea or issue you have been struggling with for a while but could not eloquently capture. For me, Why We Lie About Aid […]

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    An experiment in participatory blogging on Ebola in Sierra Leone

An experiment in participatory blogging on Ebola in Sierra Leone

Duncan Green unveils unveils how CPAID researchers collaborated with their interviewees to produce showcasing their experiences during the Ebola epidemic.

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

Anthropologists do things differently, including blogging. My attention was piqued by Tim Allen’s reply to a commenter on his recent post (with Melissa Parker) on Ebola in […]

How do patronage networks affect military cohesion?

Judith Verweijen examines the impact of patronage networks on military cohesion within the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).

This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. 

Military cohesion is increasingly recognised as crucial for shaping the behaviour of state and insurgent forces. Cohesion primarily refers to […]

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