Democratisation via Elections in an African 'Narco State'? - The Case of Guinea-Bissau

23 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2009

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Dirk Kohnert

GIGA - Hamburg, Institute of African Affairs

Date Written: December 9, 2009

Abstract

Recent development cooperation with Guinea-Bissau, focussing on good governance, state-building and conflict prevention, did not contribute to democratization nor to the stabilization of volatile political, military and economic structures. Both the portrayal of Guinea-Bissau as failed ‘narco state' as well as Western aid meant to stabilize this state are based on doubtful concepts. Certainly, the impact of drug trafficking could endanger democratization and state-building if continued unchecked. However, the most pressing need is not state-building, facilitated by external aid, yet poorly rooted in the social and political fabric of the country, but nation-building by national reconciliation, as a pre-condition for the creation of viable state institutions.

Keywords: elections, democratization, informal institutions, aid, nation-building, institution building, drug trafficking, Guinea-Bissau, Africa

JEL Classification: D72, E26, N47, O17, Z1

Suggested Citation

Kohnert, Dirk, Democratisation via Elections in an African 'Narco State'? - The Case of Guinea-Bissau (December 9, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1521027 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1521027

Dirk Kohnert (Contact Author)

GIGA - Hamburg, Institute of African Affairs ( email )

German Inst. of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
D-20354 Hamburg
Germany

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