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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Barre still existed but strong fissures were growing , especially in northern Somalia ( Somaliland ) where an all - out civil war had effectively begun . By early 1988 commercial aircraft in the country , commandeered and converted for ...
As Verdery has described for state - owned corporations in Eastern Europe , incentives to effectively manage inventories and to control costs were noticeably absent ( Verdery 1996 ) . Managers were more concerned with meeting their ...
Despite conditions of political instability and conflict , herders of the borderlands still must make tough choices about where and when to move their animals , and they have done so very effectively . Rainfall and drought , both ...
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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