State-making at Gunpoint: The Role of Violent Conflict in Somaliland’s March to Statehood

  title={State-making at Gunpoint: The Role of Violent Conflict in Somaliland’s March to Statehood},
  author={Dominik Balthasar},
  journal={Civil Wars},
  pages={65 - 86}
  • D. Balthasar
  • Published 2 January 2017
  • Political Science
  • Civil Wars
Abstract The role of war in processes of state-making has long been hotly disputed. Although generally considered an African ‘success story’, the case of Somaliland, whose unilateral declaration of independence was embedded in violent conflict, may be instructive. Applying the conceptual prism of ‘rule standardization’, this article argues that episodes of large-scale violence were constitutive of Somaliland’s state-making trajectory. Based on theoretical reasoning and empirical findings, the… 

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