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Journal Article | forthcoming 2020

European colonization and the corruption of local elites: the case of chiefs in Africa

The association between British colonial rule and lower levels of corruption is often emphasized in legal origins literature (La Porta et al., 2008). However, given the historical context of Africa, we hypothesize...
Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Abdulaziz Shifa (2020)
in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization vol. 179
Journal Article | Jan 2020

Sheikhs and the City: Urban Paths of Contention in Sidon, Lebanon

This article examines the rise and fall of the “Assir movement,” a neo-Salafist campaign led by a charismatic local sheikh who, after years of community activism, rose to prominence in the...
Are John Knudsen (2020)
in Conflict and Society vol. 6 no. 1 pp. 34-51
Journal Article | 2019

Colonial legacy, state building and the salience of ethnicity in Sub-Saharan Africa

African colonial history suggests that British colonial rule may have undermined state centralisation due to legacies of ethnic segregation and stronger executive constraints. Using micro-data from anglophone and francophone countries...
Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Boqian Jiang and Abdulaziz Shifa (2019)
in The Economic Journal vol. 129 no. 617 pp. 1048-1081
Book | 2018

Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development

It has long been debated whether Africa's lack of growth is best explained by the continent's exploitation by the global system, or by internal failures of domestic political leadership, and...
Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2018)
London/New York: Zed Books (African Arguments Book Series,) 216 p.
Book Chapter | 2018

Political polarisation, colonial inequalities and the crisis of modernity in Venezuela

Iselin Åsedotter Strønen (2018)
in Margit Ystanes and Iselin Åsedotter Strønen: The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Latin America: Decades of Change. New York and London: Palgrave McMillan pp. 153-181
CMI Brief | 2017

Paper tiger law forbidding FGM in Sudan

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still a common practice in Sudan. Nine out of ten women have been subjected to this practice. In 2009, a proposed ban on FGM in the...
Liv Tønnessen, Samia El-Nagar, Sharifa Bamkar (2017)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 16 no. 7) 4 p.
CMI Brief | 2016

Marginalização e Pobreza em Malanje Rural, Angola

Angola rural passou por décadas de provações com a guerra e a marginalização económica – culminando com a actual crise económica. Este resumo diz respeito a dez comunidades rurais na...
Inge Tvedten, Gilson Lázaro (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 15 no. 18) 4 p.
CMI Brief | 2016

Marginalisation and Poverty in Rural Malanje, Angola

Rural Angola has gone through decades of hardships with war and economic marginalisation – culminating with the current economic crisis. This brief is about ten rural communities in the province...
Inge Tvedten, Gilson Lázaro (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 15 no. 18) 4 p.
Master's Thesis | 2016

Taming the war machine: Police, pacification and power i Rio de Janeiro

In this thesis I trace the changes in the exercise of Brazilian state power in Rio’s poor communities, or favelas, through an ethnographic exploration of the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs)...
Tomas Salem (2016)
Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the Master degree, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen . Bergen: University of Bergen 146 p.
Journal Article | 2015

Perceptions of Chinese presence in Africa as reflected in the African media: case study of Uganda

The Chinese entry into the African continent and the subsequent effect on soft power in global relations are of increasing interest to many scholars. This article explores local perceptions of...
Goretti L. Nassangaa & Sabiti Makarab (2015)
in Chinese Journal of Communication vol. 9 no. 1 pp. 21-37
Sudan Working Paper | 2015

Borderland dynamics in the Horn of Africa – Some reflections

This paper is a broad ranging reflection of the general situation of crisis in the Horn of Africa region. Rather than carry out a conventional anthropological analysis in which local...
Leif Manger (2015)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (Sudan Working Paper SWP 2015:1)
CMI Working Paper | 2015

Colonial legacy, state-building and the salience of ethnicity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethnicity has received increased attention in studies of Africa's economic and institutional development. We present evidence on the long-term effects of Britain's "divide-and-rule" colonial strategy that deliberately fostered ethnic rivalries...
Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Boqian Jiang, Abdulaziz B. Shifa (2015)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2015:16)
Sudan Working Paper | 2015

Informal Cross-Border Trade in Eastern Sudan A Case Study from Kassala and Gedarif States

Informal trade in pre-colonial Africa, sometimes in the form of barter, wasone of the mechanisms of social interaction between various ethnic groupsand jurisdictions. It was an alternative to the state...
ElTayeb Mohamadain and Hassan Ahmed Abdel Ati (2015)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (Sudan Working Paper SWP 2015:6) 22 p.
Book Chapter | 2015

The Norway-East Africa Trading Company in Zanzibar, 1895-1925. Business communication in colonial times

This article uses the Norway East Africa Trading company in Zanzibar as an example of how increased facility of communication aided small businesses in the colonial period. From depending on...
Anne Katrine Bang (2015)
in Bjørn E. Bertelsen and Kirsten A. Kjerland: Navigating Colonial Orders. Berghahn Books pp. 106-126
Sudan Working Paper | 2014

Retribalisation of the Educated Elite in Darfur and the Phenomenon of Tribal Shura Councils; with a Special Reference to the Fur Shura Council

This paper documents the formation and development of the Fur Shura council as an example of a new form of urban based voluntary ethnic associations. It attempts to analyze the...
Musa Adam Abdul-Jalil (2014)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Sudan Working Paper SWP 2014:5) 22 p.
Edited Book | 2014

Justicia de Género y pluralidades legales: Perspectivas Latinoamericanas y Afrikanas

Este volumen explora las relaciones entre las pluralidades legales y la justicia e injusticia de género. Se propone ir más allá de los debates en torno a los contextos de...
Rachel Sieder y John-Andrew McNeish (2014)
Mexico City: Publicaciones de la Casa Chata 292 p.
Book Chapter | 2013

Between Sharia and CEDAW in Sudan: Islamist women negotiating gender equity

This chapter explores how women’s rights and obligations are understood and negotiated within the context of an Islamic state in Sudan. It particularly deals with the ongoing debate on The...
Liv Tønnessen (2013)
in Rachel Sieder and John McNeish: Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities: Latin American and African Perspectives. New York: Routledge-Cavendish
Journal Article | 2011

Modernisation narratives and small-scale fisheries in Ghana and Zambia

The desire to modernise African small-scale fisheries has persisted since colonial times. In terms of research into and policy on fisheries, mainstream narratives have depicted fishers and fishing communities as...
Ragnhild Overå (2011)
in Forum for Development Studies vol. 38 no. 3 pp. 321-343
Journal Article | 2011

Logging the 'Frontier': Narratives of deforestation in the northern borderlands of British India, c. 1850-1940

This paper analyzes the institution of “scientific forestry” in the northern borderlands (“Frontier”) of British India c. 1850–1940. Using archival material from the India Office Records (IOR), the paper traces...
Are Knudsen (2011)
in: Forum for Development Studies, vol. 38 no.3 pp. 299-319
U4 Issue | 2011

Tackling corruption for governing REDD in the Philippines

Forest governance in the Philippines during the post-colonial period has involved protracted efforts to arrest and reverse patterns of overexploitation of forest products and land. Much of this loss is...
Grizelda Mayo-Anda (2011)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2011: 4) 17 p.