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Social network analysis and the de facto/de jure conundrum: Security alliances and the territorialization of state authority in the post-Cold War Great Lakes Region

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posted on 04.03.2019, 13:41 by Judith Verweijen, Michiel Van Meeteren
This paper presents an alternative reading of the evolution of the territorialization of state authority and security alliances in Africa's Great Lakes Region from that provided by Radil and Flint (2013). Rather than a general transformation in the direction of more territorially centralized states, patterns of state authority have remained variegated in the post-Cold War era, with continuing fracturing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is argued that Radil and Flint's differing interpretation stems from an inappropriate application of social network analysis (SNA) to a context characterized by profound divergences between de facto and de jure phenomena and patchy data availability. These observations suggest scepticism regarding the extent to which SNA can help overcome the epistemological rifts that divide studies on the geography of politics.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Territory, Politics, Governance

Volume

3

Issue

1

Pages

97 - 111

Citation

VERWEIJEN, J. and VAN MEETEREN, M., 2014. Social network analysis and the de facto/de jure conundrum: Security alliances and the territorialization of state authority in the post-Cold War Great Lakes Region. Territory, Politics, Governance, 3 (1), pp.97-111.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis © Regional Studies Association

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Territory, Politics, Governance on 16 July 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21622671.2014.912150.

ISSN

2162-2671

eISSN

2162-268X

Language

en