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Global and local models of governance in interaction: configurations of power in Upper Guinea Coast societies


Year published: 2019
Categories: Journal Article
URL Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02589001.2019.1633012?needAccess=true

Author / Authors:

  • Jacqueline Knörr
  • Anita Schroven


This paper studies emerging power configurations in Upper Guinea Coast societies which result from contemporary interactions of global and local models of governance. With empirical data on shifting meanings of chieftaincy and control of land, changing tax regimes and the rising importance of youth in domestic politics, modifications of legitimate authority across time are contrasted with the effects of international interventions and global discourses on socio-political change. Some of these interventions accelerate, others accentuate or counteract processes of change within local power configurations. Only by carefully considering the innate malleability of local concepts of authority, history, and tradition can contemporary processes of change be identified as either mere reconfigurations or genuinely new configurations of power.

Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 37:1, 57-71, DOI: 10.1080/02589001.2019.1633012


  • Journal Article