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Iloba, Kingsley Chukwuelozie
NDC
Peace Science
abstract
This study stressed that the Liberian civil wars were the outcome of grievances that arose over historical poor governance arrangements. Upon foundation, constitutional rules made it possible for Liberia to drift towards an over-centralist state and the establishment of a unitary president-centred structure of government that gave the president sweeping powers over all matters of government. This eventually translated to tyranny and domination of the executive over the ordinary citizens that provided a fertile ground for a 14 year civil war in the country. This research work therefore argues that political stability and by extension sustainable post-war reconstruction in Liberia would very much depend on ideal governance arrangements that is deeply rooted in the interests and values that define the daily life of the Liberian people or a governance arrangement that is compatible with Liberia's political institutions and socio-cultural formations. This can be achieved when the formulation of the country's constitution and craft of governance arrangements is done through the process of constitutional choice. My argument hints that the outcome of the process of constitutional choice is a government with limited constitutional authority, which will lead to a viable "democratic self-governing" political order in Liberia. I argued that through such process, the country would become a self-governing society rather than state—governed society.
journal title
Journal of International Development and Cooperation
volume
Volume 15
issue
Issue 1・2
start page
75
end page
93
date of issued
2009-03-31
publisher
広島大学大学院国際協力研究科
issn
1341-0903
ncid
SelfDOI
language
eng
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation
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