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Conflict Management, Decentralization and Agropastoralism in Dryland West Africa

Conflict Management, Decentralization and Agropastoralism in Dryland West Africa
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Contributors: Matthew D. Turner, University Of Wisconsin, Madison, Wi, Usa, Augustine A. Ayantunde, International Livestock Research Institute, Niamey, Niger, Kristen P. Patterson And E. Daniel Patterson Iii *
2011 Elsevier Ltd.

This paper reports on a four-site study conducted in the Sahelian zone of Niger. The study takes a novel mixed methods approach for understanding conflict management from the perspective of rural peoples by not only describing past highly publicized conflicts but also by analyzing the steps rural peoples follow to manage disagreements that arise in their everyday lives. This “bottom- up” approach reveals both a capacity and preference among our informants to manage disagreements informally without involving village or extra-village authorities. Decentralization initiatives, by reworking the authority and responsibilities of authority-based systems, affect the role that these informal mechanisms, as mediated by social norms and relations, play in conflict management.

Author(s): Matthew D. Turner , University Of Wisconsin, Madison, Wi, Usa , Augustine A. Ayantunde , International Livestock Research Institute, Niamey, Niger , Kristen P. Patterson And E. Daniel Patterson Iii *

Publication Date: 2011

Location: Africa

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