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From Reshaping to Resizing a Failing State? the Case of the Congo/Zaïre

Thomas M. Callaghy

in Right-sizing the State

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244904
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244901.003.0004
 From Reshaping to Resizing a Failing State? the Case of the Congo/Zaïre

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Thomas Callaghy applies Lustick's theory of institutionalization and deinstitutionalization to Zaïre under the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko, and the subsequent conflict under Laurent Kabila. He argues that that failing state was subject to reshaping efforts by the opposition for over fifteen years, and that these efforts resulted in a strong ‘war of position’ and a weaker ‘war of manoeuvre’. The author shows how the struggle between opposition and the regime was affected by the systemic processes of state failure and dramatic changes in regional and international dynamics in the post‐Cold War context in Central Africa.

Keywords: Thomas Callaghy; Central Africa; Laurent Kabila; Lustick; Mobutu; opposition; post‐Cold War; Zaïre

Chapter.  15732 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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