The Fallen State: Dissonance, Dictatorship and Death in Somalia

The Fallen State: Dissonance, Dictatorship and Death in Somalia

by Alice Bettis Hashim
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761808973

ISBN-13: 9780761808978

Pub. Date: 11/28/1997

Publisher: University Press of America

This book examines the problems of the first thirty years of African independence. Using Somalia as a case study, the author investigates the factors that have led to the present chaos. Somalia suffered the illnesses of other newly independent African states, including experiments in 'democracy' based on the Westminster model and excesses in the parliamentary

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This book examines the problems of the first thirty years of African independence. Using Somalia as a case study, the author investigates the factors that have led to the present chaos. Somalia suffered the illnesses of other newly independent African states, including experiments in 'democracy' based on the Westminster model and excesses in the parliamentary system. The military government which followed attempted to effect certain reforms encompassing higher literacy rates and greater participation of women in public affairs; but wars, juntas, and droughts have all conspired to defeat the new state. In the wake of economic collapse, regime legitimacy disappeared, and 'ethnic' conflicts ensued. Peace among the warring clans and re-establishment of legitimate authority is still to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761808978
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.57(d)

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