Somalia: Economy Without State
International African Institute, 2003 - 206 pages
In the wake of the collapse of the Somali government in 1991, a "second" or "informal" economy based on trans-border trade and smuggling is thriving. While focusing primarily on pastoral and agricultural markets, Peter D. Little demonstrates that the Somalis are resilient and opportunistic and that they use their limited resources effectively. While it is true that many Somalis live in the shadow of brutal warlords and lack access to basic health care and education, Little focuses on those who have managed to carve out a productive means of making ends meet under difficult conditions and emphasizes the role of civic culture even when government no longer exists. Exploring questions such as, Does statelessness necessarily mean anarchy and disorder? Do money, international trade, and investment survive without a state? Do pastoralists care about development and social improvement? This book describes the complexity of the Somali situation in the light of international terrorism.
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Economy Without State Peter D. Little ... As applied to Africa , this notion captures the porous nature of political boundaries on the continent and the informal economic opportunities they afford ( see Nugent and Asiwaju 1996 ) .
Economy Without State Peter D. Little ... The country may represent an extreme case but it still has strong parallels to other parts of the world where conventional political and economic idioms also are vigorously challenged .
5 Boom Times in a Bust State a In developed countries , the breakdown and subsequent long absence of economic institutions alone would be devastating to a local economy .... In Somalia , however , its economy has so far proved to be ...
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Argues that despite political, social, and environmental instability, the Somali society and economy have survived. The author focuses on the Somali borderlands adjacent to Kenya, comparing that ... Read full review