Violence and Urban Order in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria

  title={Violence and Urban Order in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria},
  author={Adrienne LeBas},
  journal={Studies in Comparative International Development},
  • A. LeBas
  • Published 16 July 2013
  • Political Science
  • Studies in Comparative International Development
This article examines the interaction between politics and informal institutions of order in two of Africa’s most violent and crime-ridden cities, Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria. In both cities, governments have failed to provide basic public services and security to citizens, especially to those who reside in informal settlements or slums. A variety of informal institutions, including ethnic militia and block-level vigilante groups, fulfill security and enforcement roles in these relatively… 
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