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Although a cross-cutting consortium theme, this page contains research that focuses on the provision and perceptions of public authority in the JSRP’s research locations. These studies and papers were informed by the evidence and literature reviews conducted at the consortium’s outset.




Kapidzic, D. ‘Public Authority Beyond Hybrid Governance: creating throughput legitimacy in northern Uganda’Peacebuilding, (March 2018)


Carayannis, T, Bazonzi, J. and Pangburn, A. (2017) ‘Configurations of Authority in Kongo Central province‘, JSRP Paper 35, February


De Waal, Alex (2016) ‘Introduction to the Political Marketplace for Policymakers’, JSRP Policy Brief 1, March.

De Waal, Alex (2016) ‘A Political Marketplace Analysis of South Sudan’s “Peace”‘, JSRP Policy Brief 2, March.

Hoffman, Kasper, and Vlassenroot, Koen (2016) ‘The Challenges of Multi-Layered Security Governance in Ituri’,  JSRP Policy Brief 3 (May)

Hoffmann, Kasper, Vlassenroot, Koen, and Buescher, Karen (2016) ‘Multi-layered Security Governance as a Quick Fix? The challenges of donor-supported, bottom-up security provision in Ituri (DRCongo)‘, JSRP Paper 33 (July 2016)

Hoffmann, Kasper, Vlassenroot, Koen, and Marchais, Gauthier (2016) ‘Taxation, Stateness and Armed Groups : Public Authority and Resource Extraction in Eastern Congo‘, Development and Change, 47 (6).

Ibreck, Rachel, and Pendle, Naomi (2016) ‘Customary Protection?  Chiefs’ Courts as Public Authority in UN Protection of Civilians Sites in South Sudan’JSRP Paper 34 (September 2016)

Schouten, Peer (2016)  ‘Extractive Orders: a Political Geography of Public Authority in Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo’   JSRP Paper 30 (April 2016)

Tapscott, Rebecca (2016) ‘Local Security and the (Un)Making of Public Authority in Gulu, northern UgandaAfrican Affairs, 1-21.

Tapscott, Rebecca (2016) ‘Preventing Change and Protecting the Regime: Crime Preventers, Local Livelihoods, and the 2016 Ugandan Elections’JSRP Paper 31 (April 2016)



Allen, Tim (2015) ‘Vigilantes, Witches and Vampires: How Moral Populism Shapes Social Accountability in Northern Uganda’International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 22(3).

Tapscott, Rebecca (2015) ‘The Government has Long Hands: Community Security Groups and Arbitrary Governance in Uganda’s Acholiland‘ JSRP Paper 24.

Verweijen, Judith and Vlassenroot, Koen (2015) ‘Armed mobilisation and the nexus of territory, identity, and authority: the contested territorial aspirations of the Banyamulenge in eastern DR Congo’, Journal of Contemporary African Studies 33(2).



Allen, Tim and Reid, Kyla (2014) ‘Justice at the Margins: Witches, Poisoners, and Social Accountability in Northern Uganda’, Medical Anthropology

Babovic, Marija and Vukovic, Danilo (2014) ‘Social Accountability in Cambodia‘, JSRP Paper 19

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna, Kostovicova, Denisa and Rampton, David (2014) ‘State-Building, Nation-Building and Reconstruction’ in Kaldor, Mary and Rangelov, Iavor (eds.), The Handbook of Global Security Policy (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell).

de Waal, Alex (2014) ‘When kleptocracy becomes insolvent: Brute causes of the civil war in South Sudan’African Affairs 113(452).

Hoffmann, Kasper and Vlassenroot, Koen (2014) ‘Armed groups and the exercise of public authority: the cases of the Mayi-Mayi and Raya Mutomboki in Kalehe, South Kivu’Peacebuilding 2(2).

Kirk, Tom (2014) ‘Citizen-Led Accountability and Inclusivity in PakistanJSRP Paper 20

Schomerus, Mareike (2014) ‘Policy of Government and Policy of Culture: understanding the rules of law in the “context” of South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state’ in David Marshall (ed.), The International Rule of Law Movement: a crisis of legitimacy and the way forward (Harvard: Harvard University Press).

Verweijen, Judith and van Meeteren, Michiel (2014) ‘Social Network Analysis and the De Facto/De Jure Conundrum: Security Alliances and the Territorialization of State Authority in the Post-Cold War Great Lakes Region’



Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (2013) ‘Informality, inequality and social reintegration in post-war transition‘, Studies in Social Justice, 7 (2).

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (2013) ‘Decentralisation and local development in South East Europe’ in Bartlett, William, Malekovic, Sanja and Monastiriotis, Vassilis (eds.), Decentralization and Local Development in South East Europe. Studies in economic transition (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

de Waal, Alex and Ibreck, Rachel (2013) ‘Hybrid Social Movements in Africa’, Journal of Contemporary African Studies 31(2).

Vaughan, Christopher, Schomerus, Mareike, de Vries, Lotje (eds.) (2013) The Borderlands of South Sudan: Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).

Vlassenroot, Koen (2013) South Kivu: Identity, Territory and Power in the eastern Congo (London and Nairobi: Rift Valley Institute).

Vlassenroot, Koen and Buscher, Karen (2013) ‘Borderlands, Identity, and Urban Development: the Case of Goma’, Urban Studies.



Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna and Kostovicova, Denisa (2012) ‘Locating power in state-building: the conflict network perspective‘ Südosteuropa, 60(4).


Other publications

Research Briefs:

Unravelling Public Authority: Paths of Hybrid Governance in Africa‘, K. Meagher, T. De Herdt and K. Titeca (March 2014)

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