Public Authority

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#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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    No ‘Accountability’ Without Conflict: Projects Targeting Health in Uganda #PublicAuthority

No ‘Accountability’ Without Conflict: Projects Targeting Health in Uganda #PublicAuthority

Tessa Laing examines three divergent approaches to tackling health staff accountability in Gulu, northern Uganda.

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

 

Akello Jennifer sets off on foot with her feverish two-year-old daughter slung on her back. By mid-morning, they arrive at the local Health Center 2, Patiko. The […]

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    The Illegal Economy of Refugee Registration: Insights into the Ugandan Refugee Scandal #PublicAuthority

The Illegal Economy of Refugee Registration: Insights into the Ugandan Refugee Scandal #PublicAuthority

Although Uganda has received much acclaim for the hospitable treatment it extends to refugees, it has recently become embroiled in controversy, with the scandal reaching the highest levels of both in country-UNHCR and the Ugandan government. In this blog post, Charles Ogeno and Ryan Joseph O’Byrne examine locals’ reactions to the recent influx of South Sudanese refugees and sheds […]

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    Beyond Mixed Metaphors of Networks: Applying Social Network Analysis to Study #PublicAuthority and Governance

Beyond Mixed Metaphors of Networks: Applying Social Network Analysis to Study #PublicAuthority and Governance

Patrycja Stys explores how using Social Network Analysis (SNA) can improve our understanding of public authority.

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

The struggle to conceptualise contemporary states – and effectively promote post-conflict reconstruction and state-building – continues. Even in the global North, realities of globalisation, regional economic […]

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    #PublicAuthority: Animals are victims of human conflict, so can conservation help build peace in warzones?

#PublicAuthority: Animals are victims of human conflict, so can conservation help build peace in warzones?

Esther Marijnen and Rosaleen Duffy call for a change in the way wildlife conservation and protection is viewed in situations of conflict.

More than 70 per cent of Africa’s national parks have been affected by war in recent decades, and wildlife has suffered as a result. That’s according to a new study by researchers from Yale and Princeton universities, which looked at data […]

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