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Author Murtazashvili, Jennifer Brick, author

Title Informal order and the state in Afghanistan / Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (xxxvii, 325 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; Part I. The Politics of Customary Governance: 2. The Afghan state in historical perspective; 3. The architecture of village governance; Part II. Customary Governance and Public Goods Provision: 4. The political economy of village governance; 5. Cooperation among communities; Part III. Customary Governance and the State: 6. Customary organizations and support for the state; 7. Federalism, Afghan style; 8. Conclusion
Summary Despite vast efforts to build the state, profound political order in rural Afghanistan is maintained by self-governing, customary organizations. Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan explores the rules governing these organizations to explain why they can provide public goods. Instead of withering during decades of conflict, customary authority adapted to become more responsive and deliberative. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and observations from dozens of villages across Afghanistan, and statistical analysis of nationally representative surveys, Jennifer Murtazashvili demonstrates that such authority enhances citizen support for democracy, enabling the rule of law by providing citizens with a bulwark of defence against predatory state officials. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it shows that 'traditional' order does not impede the development of the state because even the most independent minded communities see a need for a central government - but question its effectiveness when it attempts to rule them directly and without substantive consultation
Notes Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Apr 2016)
Subject Local government -- Afghanistan
Central-local government relations -- Afghanistan
Afghanistan -- Politics and government -- 2001-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781316286890 (ebook)
Other Titles Informal Order & the State in Afghanistan
OTHER TI Cambridge Books Online 2016