Abstract

Continued conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has resulted, not from the "failed-state syndrome," but from the continuing struggle to establish viable states on the ruins of repressive colonial states. Starting with Tilly's account of the process of statemaking in Europe, I argue that while control over resources and the means of violence is a crucially motivating factor, the largely forgotten questions of membership in political communities are at the core of the conflict.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-1978
Print ISSN
0001-9887
Pages
pp. 21-39
Launched on MUSE
2007-04-26
Open Access
No
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