Vying for legitimacy in post-conflict situations: the Bougainville case

Boege, Volker (2014) Vying for legitimacy in post-conflict situations: the Bougainville case. Peacebuilding, 2 3: 237-252. doi:10.1080/21647259.2014.887616

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Author Boege, Volker
Title Vying for legitimacy in post-conflict situations: the Bougainville case
Journal name Peacebuilding   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2164-7259
Publication date 2014-03-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/21647259.2014.887616
Open Access Status
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 237
End page 252
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This article addresses the co-existence, interface and mutual permeation of different types of legitimacy and the ensuing hybridisation of legitimacy in fragile post-conflict situations, drawing on the case of post-conflict peacebuilding and state formation on the South Pacific island of Bougainville (Papua New Guinea). Taking Max Weber’s three ideal types of legitimate authority – rational-legal, traditional and charismatic – as starting points, it is shown how legitimacy is constantly re-negotiated and re-structured, and the legitimacy of all actors – as well as the legitimacy of the overall governance configuration – is hybridised. Accordingly, it is argued that international support for peacebuilding has to transcend the comfort zone of liberal understandings of rational-legal legitimacy and constructively engage with hybridised legitimacy. The article mainly draws on fieldwork conducted on Bougainville in the context of a research project on legitimacy issues in post-conflict fragile situations.
Keyword Legitimacy
Customary governance institutions
Fragile situations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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